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Novell no longer does the Hula

Showing how not all open source roads lead to gold, Novell Inc., of Provo, Utah, has stropped contributing to the Hula project, an open source project the company itself initiated.

In early 2005, and with much fanfare, the company donated the e-mail and calendar functions of its NetMail enterprise collaboration server software to the open source community, calling the project Hula. Even then though, the software ran a distant third in market share, trailing after IBM Lotus Notes and falling way behind market leader Microsoft Exchange. Going open source did not improve matters any.

Hula now joins the ranks of Jini, Ingres and other corporate projects that failed to catch fire, even after being subjected to the open source development process.

Posted by Joab Jackson on Nov 29, 2006 at 9:39 AM


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