The future of the stand-alone operating system is not particularly bright. At least, that's according to Nat Friedman, chief technology and strategy officer for open source at Novell, which yesterday officially announced the company's entry into the Linux appliance space.
Novell's effort, the SUSE Appliance Program, aims to provide independent software vendors (ISVs) with an appliance-friendly version of Novell's SUSE Linux, so they can create integrated software appliances.
The move follows similar pushes by rPath Linux and Red Hat to deliver software appliances based on Linux, angling for a share of a market that IDC predicts could be worth as much as $700 million by 2011.
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