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Linuxworld: 'We need more apps!'

Novell boss defends Microsoft deal

He acknowledged the controversy around Novell's interoperability work with Microsoft but said the work would continue because a heterogeneous data centre is a reality and customers need help to integrate platforms.

On the security front, he said Novell would make additions around its AppArmor platform that include access control on the network, individual firewalls and something he called the Community Application Profile Library, which would allows users to share application profiles. "You will have security via transparency," he said.

He also said tools to help customers manage their environments need to get stronger and said Novell is working on tools that let users know what is happening before it happens.

In terms of expanding the market, he cited deals with SAP, IBM and Lenovo to offer SUSE Linux as a preferred platform, including on the desktop.

He also said Novell would use its openSUSE Build Service, an open and complete distribution development platform, to let hackers roll their own distributions based on SUSE, Debian or any other Linux derivative.

"If we work together with the community and all the stakeholders we can realize the vision and accelerate the adoption of Linux. We have to give them the tools to see the value. That is our responsibility," he said.


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