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Novell shows off Linux advances, declares now 'we are wide open'

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Novell speakers mixed football metaphors with a flurry of technical demos of their latest Linux offerings Friday to drive home its commitment to "open source" software development.

Jeff Hawkins, vice president for product management, told a Salt Palace Convention Center crowd of several hundred that the theme of Friday's closing BrainShare Global 2006 session was Novell's success in collaborating with the open-source software community.

"On Monday, we announced we are 'open for business.' On Wednesday, we announced we that we were 'open for growth,' " said Hawkins, wearing a jersey from the Utah Blaze arena football team. Now "we are announcing we are 'wide open.' "

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