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Netscape anuncia Suporte a Linux

Colaboração: Rubens Queiroz de Almeida

Data de Publicação: 20 de Novembro de 1998

A Netscape anunciou planos de migrar toda a sua linha de servidores para a plataforma Linux. O artigo original, incluído nesta mensagem, encontra-se em

A seguir, a cópia do artigo original, em inglês:

Netscape Announces Plans to Deliver Server Software for Linux Operating System 

Linux Versions of Netscape Server Software to Provide
ESPs and ISPs With Scalable Enterprise Solutions on
Popular Open-Source Code Platform 

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (July 21, 1998) - Netscape
Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: NSCP) today announced
plans to deliver Netscape server software for Linux, a popular open
source operating system that commands a strong market share in
the enterprise and with Internet service providers. Specifically,
Netscape plans to deliver Linux versions of its server software
beginning with Netscape Messaging Server and Netscape Directory
Server, adding Linux to the extensive list of operating systems on
which Netscape offers its highly scalable software products.
Additionally, Netscape announced that the currently available beta
version of Netscape Communicator 4.5 client software for Linux is
now the most popular of the UNIX platforms Netscape supports
according to Netscape download data. 

Developed collaboratively by the Internet community, Linux is an
open source code version of the UNIX operating system that
commands a strong share of the Internet service provider (ISP)
market and is the fastest growing UNIX platform with enterprise
service providers (ESPs) - Netscape's primary market for its server
software. Netscape server software for Linux will provide high-end
enterprise customers with the scalability and reliability of Netscape
server software and the innovation and open standards support of

"The popularity of Linux with both developers and enterprise
customers validates the momentum the Internet open source code
model can bring to product development," said Marc Andréessen,
executive vice president of products at Netscape. "This
announcement recognizes the strategic importance of Linux in the
enterprise and further extends Netscape's cross-platform strategy
to include this highly stable, high-performance platform." 

According to International Data Corporation, Linux server software
license shipments outgrew the overall server operating environment
market as a whole between 1996 and 1997. This 20 percent
growth rate gave Linux the number five position in this software
market. Linux is also the fastest growing UNIX platform in the
enterprise with an estimated 7 million users, according to Linux
Online. Leading ISPs such as T-Online, the largest ISP in Europe,
are using Linux, as well as other operating systems, to deliver ISP
services to millions of customers. 

"Companies today are re-orienting their business models in the face
of increased competition on the Internet and are looking for new
ways to enhance their supplier and distributor relationships," said
John M. Paul, senior vice president and general manager of
Netscape's server product division. "Netscape enterprise solutions
on Linux will make it even easier for businesses to leverage existing
investments to meet these imperatives by acting as ESPs and ISPs
delivering core business applications as services online to their

"As one of Linux's earliest supporters, Netscape has paved the way
for the rest of the industry and today's announcement underscores
their strong commitment to the Linux platform," said Gary Bloom,
executive vice president of system products at Oracle Corporation.
"The recent series of announcements from Netscape, Oracle and
other vendors in support of Linux is the direct result of developer
demand for a low cost, open standards alternative to Windows NT.
An Internet-based platform is clearly the best alternative, which is
why Linux is quickly becoming the leading choice around which to
base enterprise systems." 

Netscape Messaging Server is high-performance Internet
messaging software that enables enterprises and ISPs to provide
'mail-tone' quality messaging service to millions of employees,
customers and partners simultaneously on the Internet and
extranets. Netscape Directory Server provides rea-time directory
and security services that enable centralized, low-cost management
of a myriad of Internet applications deployed by ESPs and
independent software companies. The products provide
service-ready infrastructure that is ideal for companies competing in
the Net Economy, where high performance, scalability, 24x7
reliability and strong security that extends outside the enterprise are
critical for success. 

"Netscape's support for client and server software for Linux will
help to drive Linux further into the enterprise and ISPs," said Robert
Young, president of Red Hat Software, Inc. "Having Netscape
Directory Server on the Linux OS is a significant step as it is the
industry's leading commercially available directory server. Netscape
Directory Server for Linux will provide critically important server
features, including high-performance, scalability, 24x7 availability,
and strong security to Linux OS users." 

Netscape Messaging Server and Netscape Directory Server
software for the Linux operating environment are expected to be
available by Q1 1999. Linux is freely available on the Internet at
several locations, including 

Netscape Communications Corporation is a leading provider of
open software and services for linking people and information over
enterprise networks and the Internet. The company offers a full line
of clients, servers, development tools, commercial applications and
professional services to create a complete platform for
next-generation, live online applications. Traded on NASDAQ under
the symbol NSCP, Netscape Communications Corporation is based
in Mountain View, California. 

Netscape, Netscape Navigator, Netscape Certificate Server, Netscape FastTrack
Server, Netscape ONE, SuiteSpot and the Netscape N and Ship's Wheel logos are
registered trademarks of Netscape Communications Corporation in the United States
and other countries. Other Netscape logos, product names, and service names are
also trademarks of Netscape Communications Corporation, which may be registered
in other countries. 

Additional information on Netscape Communications Corporation is
available on the Internet at, by sending
email to, or by calling 650/937-2555 for
corporations or 650/937-3777 for individuals. 

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