The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), a global consortium of customers and leading technology companies dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux, today announced that Novell has joined OSDL and will participate in the Lab's key initiatives to advance the use of Linux for enterprise computing.

In addition, Jeffrey T. Hawkins, VP, Office of the CTO at Novell, has been elected to OSDL's board of directors.

"The Linux industry is rapidly accelerating with the promise to give customers lower computing costs with greater freedom and control," said Chris Stone, Novell vice chairman - Office of the CEO. "By joining forces with OSDL, Novell aims to take a leadership role in helping the industry overcome the many challenges that still exist to help Linux fulfill its promise as an end-to-end enterprise computing platform."

Novell will participate in a number of OSDL initiatives including the Data Center Linux (DCL) working group. This working group is focused on the business-hardening of Linux for use in the Data Center. In addition, Novell joins a growing number of OSDL members interested in creating a working group initiative for Linux on the desktop.

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