Novell Launches Open Source Systems Management Project

  • Contributes industry-leading Linux management tool to the IT community, expanding Novell's systems management resources

22 March 2004

Novell today announced an open source systems management project that for the first time will provide a platform on which to tie together disparate systems using current systems management tools such as ZENworks®, HP OpenView*, Red Carpet Enterprise™, Tivoli*, or Unicenter*.

By contributing the industry's leading management tool, YaST, from Novell's SUSE® LINUX business unit to the General Public License, Novell will provide a platform that allows:

  • Independent software vendors to enable access to all current (and future) systems management tools;
  • Systems management vendors to easily enable the use of their products on any hardware or software platform;
  • System integrators to build "solution stacks" comprised of open source AND proprietary software and have the ability to easily manage them;
  • Customers the leverage to choose the most effective software to solve their needs.


"We want to do with YaST what Linux did for the operating system - that is, give partners and customers flexibility, choice and the best technology," said Juergen Geck, SUSE LINUX CTO. "YaST now becomes a tool for the community."

"Organizations are looking for ways to lower their overall cost of ownership," said Dan Kusnetzky, IDC's vice president of system software research. "Software which lowers the cost of management would address one of the areas having the largest impact on overall cost - the staff-related costs of administration, operations and support."

About YaST
YaST (Yet another Setup Tool) is a comprehensive and maintained installation, configuration, and administration tool developed by SUSE LINUX. Its modular design and future-proof architecture is highly scalable - hardware configurations, software configurations and systems management plug-ins can easily be added to the frameset. Based on SUSE's long-term Linux know-how, YaST represents open and standards-compliant state-of-the-art Linux technology.

"By providing a common, open, standardized platform for instrumenting the management of Linux systems, YaST provides a useful interface for customers seeking to build enterprise management environments," said Sam Greenblatt, senior vice president and chief architect of the Linux Technology Group at Computer Associates. "This is an important step forward for the Linux market."

"As the world's leading Linux company and a leader in enterprise management solutions, HP is committed to bringing customers Linux-based solutions that are easier to use and which deliver a better overall return on IT," said Martin Fink, vice president of Linux for HP. "HP welcomes Novell's efforts to offer an open source tool that will complement the breadth and depth of HP's OpenView portfolio."

About Novell

Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL) is a leading provider of infrastructure software and services to over 50,000 customers in 43 countries. With more than 20 years of experience in data center, workgroup and desktop solutions, Novell's 6,000 employees, 5,000 partners and support centers around the world are meeting customer requirements for identity-driven computing and Linux solutions. By providing enterprise-class software and support for commercial and open source software, Novell delivers increased operating flexibility and choice at a lower total cost of ownership. More information about Novell can be found at

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