European chiefs of Novell internet venture Novonyx came out in force last week to insist the operation was still alive and kicking.
Rumours have gathered pace that Novonyx - set up as a joint venture between Novell and Netscape - was to be subsumed back into Novell, since Novell regained sole control.
Steve Saunders, Novell Europe director of Netscape server products, said: 'Novonyx was established so Netscape would pass on its source code to Novell. Now that Novell has realised its key cornerstone - in the internet space - we have pulled Novonyx closer to the company. Novonyx is not going away.'
Novonyx now operates as the internet R&D unit of Novell. Netscape retains a minority share. The venture was established to help Novell gain a foothold in the internet market and is working to create versions of Netscape's Web server software, to run on Novell's Netware operating system.
Despite Saunders' assurances, future products will not appear with the Novonyx brand but will be sold by Novell as Netscape servers for Netware.
He dismissed claims that Novell decided to pull Novonyx back because of Netscape's current financial difficulties.
Novonyx will recruit 50 extra engineers to add to its existing 25. Five of those are from Novell, with the rest recruited externally. Netscape provided engineers from its existing porting group to Novonyx.
Novell will replace its own internet server product with Netscape alternatives. As part of this, Novonyx will port Netscape's version of the industry standard Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) to Netware. This will be available in the second quarter this year, and will enable users to run their existing Netware Directory Services (NDS) and Netscape LDAP services in parallel.
Within 18 months, NDS will replace Netscape's own directory services in its servers for the Netware environment. Peter Clegg, product director for Netscape server products at Novell, claimed the work for customers would be simple.
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