Novell GroupWise for Linux Enters Open Beta, Bringing Collaboration Security and Mobility to More Enterprises

  • Novell GroupWise 6.5 for Linux features native support for Ximian Evolution, along with plug-in support for the GAIM instant messenger client
  • Open beta of GroupWise for Linux available Feb. 4

21 January 2004

Putting in place another key piece of Novell's complete stack of enterprise-class Linux solutions, Novell today announced the open beta availability of Novell® GroupWise® 6.5 for Linux, the most trusted and secure collaboration platform in the industry, now running entirely on Linux. GroupWise 6.5 for Linux will ship the first half of this year and features native support for Novell's award-winning Ximian Evolution® e mail and workgroup information management application for Linux-based systems, along with plug-in support for the GAIM instant messenger client.

"As many organizations move or are considering moving to Linux to take advantage of its increased flexibility and lower costs, Novell is there to meet them with the industry's premier communication and collaboration tool," said Chris Stone, Novell vice chairman - Office of the CEO. "With the combination of our recently acquired SUSE® LINUX Enterprise Server, Ximian Evolution and GroupWise for Linux, we are the only major vendor to offer a complete, end-to-end collaboration solution for Linux including the operating system and worldwide support. With one of the industry's strongest vertically integrated Linux offerings, we're delivering security and mobility while reducing the cost of managing communication and collaboration services."

A Novell Nterprise™ product, GroupWise handles e-mail, calendaring, instant messaging, contact management, document management and workflow services across network operating systems including Novell NetWare®, Windows NT*/2000 and now Linux. While Ximian Evolution will connect Linux desktops with GroupWise 6.5 for Linux, the GroupWise Windows client and the GroupWise Cross-Platform client are also supported on GroupWise 6.5 running on a Linux server, giving customers added choice and flexibility. The plug-in for the GAIM instant messenger client will allow Linux desktops to connect directly to the GroupWise Messenger server included in GroupWise 6.5 for secure instant messaging within the enterprise. GroupWise for Linux runs on the SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server and Red Hat* Enterprise Linux distributions.

Glenn Farrow, sales and marketing manager of aCure Technology, a Novell Platinum partner in Perth, Australia, said, "With the release of Novell GroupWise 6.5 on Linux, we have a true enterprise-grade, cross-platform messaging solution. Easy to run, maintain and install, and even easier to diagnose issues, our customers are now showing a lot more interest in adopting an open standards platform without the virus attacks."

Novell GroupWise combines stringent security with flexible user access features and low ownership and maintenance costs. GroupWise caters to the way people really work, giving them access to their information when and where they need it through the client or Web browser via desktop and laptop computers, wireless telephones, PDAs and RIM* devices. Currently more than 34 million strong, GroupWise users take advantage of lower total cost of ownership, including lower initial costs combined with lower administration costs, advantages not available from products like Exchange and Notes.

Novell GroupWise 6.5 for Linux is part of Novell Nterprise, a set of offerings that improve communication, simplify and automate network management, and allow workers to be productive regardless of location, device or platform. Open beta versions of GroupWise for Linux will be available Feb. 4. Pricing and general availability will be announced at a later date. For more information about GroupWise for Linux or to obtain the beta software, visit For details on the currently running "Exchange to GroupWise" competitive migration promotion, see

About Novell

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