Novell Messenger 2.2 Now Available!!

In an effort to continue to integrate the Novell’s collaboration products together, Novell Messenger has also been updated and will be available to customers who either are on Novell GroupWise maintenance or who are on Novell Vibe OnPrem maintenance.

Novell Messenger 2.2 has been enhanced to provide additional integrations with Novell products. We added Messenger/Conferencing integrations in Messenger 2.1. We added Conferencing/OnPrem integrations in Messenger 2.2. With Messenger 2.1, you are able to begin an Instant Message with someone and then promote that chat session to a Conferencing session directly from your Novell Messenger client. With 2.2, Messenger is used to provide presence information.

Here are the substantial improvements in version 2.x.

Novell Messenger 2.x provides substantial improvements over Novell Messenger 1 in the following areas:

  • Vibe OnPrem Integrations: Novell Messenger can now be used to provide presence information in Novell Vibe OnPrem.
  • Conferencing Integrations: Novell Messenger users can now start a Conferencing meeting directly from the Messenger client.
  • Windows and Cross-Platform Client Enhancements: The client has added functionality for chat rooms, broadcasts, personal history, custom online status, and support for Windows XP themes.
  • GroupWise Integration: You can now see a user’s presence in the GroupWise Windows client and send a message directly from the Quick Info message area.
  • Administration Enhancements: Both the Messaging Agent and the Archive Agent support IPV6. You can now control who can use the Remember Password feature, who can print and save conversations, who can use the Personal History feature, and who can create chat rooms. In addition, a new chat container has been added to hold chat rooms that are created, there is enhanced Novell Messenger WebConsole functionality, and you can search for chat rooms in ConsoleOne.

Check out the documentation for more details.

Novell Vibe OnPrem 3 Now Available!!

Novell has released the latest installment of the Novell Vibe OnPrem product. This is version 3, code named Durango, and formally known as ‘Novell Teaming’.

The collaboration story, product line and solutions continue to grow within Novell. All of our customers will benefit from this solid delivery of a variety of collaboration tools and products. If you have collaboration needs, Novell has collaboration solutions!

What’s New!

Now on to Novell Vibe. Novell Teaming released version 2.1, back in February. This version builds significantly on those features to bring a much improved user interaction experience, a better organized user interface layout and significantly more features.

  • General User Experience Improvements (throughout the product)
  • Branding/Theming (supporting for BOTH site and workspace branding support, simple/fast branding experience)
  • Expanded User Profile (User experience improvements, additional user properties with support to identify knowledge experts, and "fly over" support for user profiles
  • User Management improvements (better group and user synchronization, tighter directory and workspace synchronization, and support for disabling accounts in Teaming)
  • Entry History/Versioning and Promotion (entry level history/versioning support including the ability to promote a previous to current)
  • Document Management improvements (including version deletion, major/minor version, and version categories like "official", "current" etc., and file level access control)
  • Search Improvements. Significant performance improvements (through updated Lucene indexing services and support for multi read/write threads)
  • Significantly improved relevance (applied to Teaming search results)
  • Integrated Windows Authentication (delivering Windows NTLM and Kerberos authentication)
  • Wiki Improvements
  • Advanced User Enhancements
  • What’s New Page – very cool activity streaming so you can benefit from the social aspects of Novell Vibe.
  • Novell Messenger Presence Integration
  • Novell Conferencing Integration
  • and much much more . . .

You will want to review the documentation for all of the details. Here are a few screen shots to give you a glimpse of what to expect with this version...

Get it

There are several ways to get this product. If you are currently a Novell Teaming customer and have a current maintenance contract, you will be able to get this update from the Novell Customer Center. Just login…
Select Login and login with your credentials
Select "Customer Center"

If you are a new customer and would like to purchase the product. Simply, check out the product page on Novell’s website.

Here is the direct link:

If you want to simply check it out, play with it or try an evaluation copy of the product. Here are a couple of options…

  1. Virtual Sandbox: A place where you can see the product in action and play with it without having to install or do any setup.
  2. 10 user Starter Pack: This will allow you to install the product in your environment and set up users and configure it specifically for your needs and try it out before you purchase.
  3. Vibe OnPrem Resource Library: This library contains forms and workflows that can be used in the customer environment, workspace templates, use cases, audio and video demos, and success stories.

What’s Next

I also want to give you a brief look at what is planned for the subsequent release of the product. The product continues to release on a very regular schedule with new functionality and continued reliability. The high-level set of features that are planned for the next version include:

  • GroupWise Calendar/Task sync
  • MSOffice integrations
  • Task management improvements
  • File versioning management
  • Improved commonality with Novell Vibe Cloud
  • Landing page improvements

The next version is code named – Evergreen - and is expected to release in 2011.

We know you will appreciate this latest version of Novell Vibe OnPrem. Check out the documentation and then download the product….Come on – Social Get Working!

ZENworks Application Virtualization 7.1 Now Available !!

Novell ZENworks Application Virtualization 7.1 lets you convert your Windows-compatible applications into self-contained virtual applications. After an application is virtualized, it is a single, isolated file that runs instantly from anywhere, including a thumbdrive. Unlike traditional installation methods, the single virtual application file does not require a separate setup process or rely on external components and runtimes, reboots, or administrative privileges. The application is now isolated from other system applications, preventing DLL conflicts and other deployment nightmares, yet the experience for the application’s user is unchanged.

New features for ZENworks Application Virtualization 7.1 include the following:

* Microsoft Windows 7 support.
* Publish to USB Drive: Lets you publish virtual applications directly to USB storage devices.
* Timebomb: Lets you specify a date on which a virtual application stops working and cannot be launched.
* Bugs fixes.

ZENworks Application Virtualization provides three methods to create and configure virtualized applications. The best method depends on the nature of the application.

* Build an auto-configured virtual application. ZENworks Application Virtualization includes a number of auto-configuration wizards for popular applications so you can build and customize them in a guided, step-by-step process. This simple method is recommended for first-time users. ZENworks Application Virtualization lets you use the Configuration Wizard to create virtual applications for Novell GroupWise®, GroupWise Messenger, and Novell Edition.

* If you use ZENworks Configuration Management in your environment, you can control how virtual applications are used and you create and publish ZENworks bundles that you can then distribute to users using ZENworks Configuration Management.

* Snapshot an application installation. Snapshotting captures a system’s state before and after an application is installed and automatically configures virtual application settings based on observed system changes. This method is ideal for virtualizing off-the-shelf applications.

* Manually configure an application. This method is most often used by developers who are virtualizing internally developed applications.

Between now and October 31, 2009, you can offer Novell ZENworks Application Virtualization licenses for only $30 USD--an 18% discount over the regular license price. While this offer delivers particular synergies to existing ZENworks customers, any customer or prospect qualifies for the discount. For more information, visit

openSUSE 11.2 slated for November 2009

At March 2009 openSUSE’s releae manager, Stephan Kulow, posted a proposed roadmap for openSUSE to the project’s mailing list.

The roadmap lays out a schedule for the next four releases of openSUSE, extending into 2011. At the top of the list, however, is 11.2, queued up for a possible November 2009 launch. Features being considered include Ext4 as the default filesystem, a web interface to YaST, and improved Netbook support.

Full email below and a link to the thread here.


As you may have noticed, we have yet to publish a roadmap for 11.2. The reason is simple: There are a lot of moving pieces at the moment, and we don't want to commit to a schedule we can't keep -- or keep a schedule that doesn't fit the project's long-term needs.

To give us something to plan around, we would like to propose a fixed release schedule. As a six-month release schedule is not something we consider feasible to maintain high-quality standards, we are proposing a fixed eight-month schedule. We have spent a considerable amount of time asking if we should go with a September release for 11.2 and then adopt an eight-month release schedule, or begin with an eight-month release schedule right away. And we came to the conclusion that it's best to adopt the eight-month schedule right away.

A six-month release cycle is interesting because you "only" have to find two months in the year for a release. Eight months makes it slightly more complicated, as you have a rotating schedule, and lose a month in the summer and winter for holidays.

So, what we're proposing is this -- the next openSUSE release in November 2009, with the next releases in July 2010, March 2011, and so forth:

November 2009: "Fichte" 11.2
July 2010: "Rousseau" 11.3
March 2011: "Voltaire" 12.0
November 2011: "Lessing" 12.1

This gives us a single release in 2009 and 2010, and two releases in 2011. The version names and numbers may change, of course.

Public releases would happen on the Thursday before the 15th of the month, and the gold master (GM) would be finalized one week prior to that. We are planning a strict four-week release candidate (RC) phase.

This means that the last chance to change _anything_ but really urgent fixes would be the check-in deadline of RC1, which would be released in week 41 in 2009. The schedule would leave us with whatever software we have at that point. For example, we'll miss KDE 4.5 for 11.3 or the spring version of GNOME for 12.0. If missing these releases is a problem, let's discuss this _now_.

Of course, this doesn't mean we can't publish supported or unsupported addons or updated live CDs with the respective desktops or similar software: We just need people willing to do it.

Why such a late release date? Releasing 11.2 in November has some advantages over releasing in September:
- We don't rely on contributions during the summer months that much.
- We can easily integrate GNOME 2.28.
- We are more likely to have working drivers for hardware released in early
summer is higher. (This is a weak advantage since the summer release of
Intel's graphic chips didn't work out with a December release either.)
- We simply have more time for everything.

The features we have in mind for 11.2 center around these top features:
* Newer and better software, including:
- KDE 4.3
- GNOME 2.28,
- Linux kernel 2.6.30 or higher
* Ext4 - possibly even as the default filesystem.
* Provide YaST Web interface for easier remote adminstration.
* Netbook support
- Offer USB images - possibly even with deployment tool if someone writes it.
- Include free drivers necessary for the netbook support.
* Officially support live updates - we need way more people to use factory and report problems though.
* Quicker, Faster and more Colourful

OK, I better stop here. This is already a pretty long mail - looking forward to your feedback. The last time we discussed schedules, the feedback was very good - and got us thinking quite a long time. ;)

Greetings, Stephan

Ten Must Have Palm Pre Applications

palm pre ulocate where

What is nice about the Palm Pre there are already native applications built into the webOS that are very handy and don't require any downloads such as PhotoBucket, Universal Search and Google Maps.

As a new Palm Pre users, you maybe looking on other useful applications for your daily task, and preferable the applications are free. Here's a list of the top best Palm Pre webOS apps so far. All these Palm Pre apps are available in the Palm Pre Catalog (App Store) directly on your Palm Pre.

uLocate WHERE: Palm Pre WHERE is a location-based mobile application which provides information about places around you. It gives youlocal content based on your current location, including weather, news, restaurant reviews, gas stations, movie show times. The app uses the Palm Pre's built-in GPS to provide location-based data . It's currently the 5th most popular app in the Palm Pre's App Catalog. You can connect with other users through Buddy Beacon and the WHERE Wall. WHERE comes in many versions and we name WHERE App of the Day for the BlackBerry Storm. WHERE also comes in Nokia, iPhone and BlackBerry.

palm pre evernote

Evernote: Evernote for Palm Pre lets you capture your experiences and inspirations instantly as they occur, and then find them whenever you want. It allows you to create text and snapshot notes on the go, edit existing text notes, and search through all of your memories, even those created on your desktop or the web. Evernote for Palm Pre also lets you open and view multiple notes at once, launching a new “Card” for each.

Don’t forget to try the image recognition. Take a photo of something containing printed or handwritten text, send it into your Evernote account, give it a minute to process, then try searching for the text. This is great for whiteboards, business cards, wine labels, signs, scribbles, and more.

Evernote takes full advantage of the Palm Pre location awareness capabilities. Whenever you create a new text note, Evernote captures your location and associates that with your note. Later you can search for notes created within 5 miles of where you’re standing. So, say you’re visiting headquarter and want to find the notes your took on your Palm Pre the last time you were there. All you need to do is launch Evernote, tap the Search button, and tap Search Nearby. VoilĂ .

palm pre flightview

FlightView: The FlightView app gives users up-to-the-minute information on where a flight is – tracked by flight number or by departure and arrival cities. Travelers can check flight status before departing for the airport, loved ones can monitor the flight while it’s in-air and arriving passengers taxiing to the gate can check connection status and gates. In addition to flight tracking, functionality unique to Pre includes:

  • Flight status alerts give travelers immediate notification of changes to the flight – status changes, delays or cancellations. The FlightView app uses Pre notifications to update the user of status changes or delays - whether it is opened or closed - giving users the information they need to act on.

  • Interoperability with Pre’s calendar gives travelers a visual look at travel plans while guarding against double-booking appointments – flight details are viewable while the calendar shows the schedule from departure to arrival.

  • A notes field for managing all aspects of a trip, such as rental car, hotel and other reservations. Phone numbers, reservations numbers and locations are all in one easy-to-read location.

palm pre pandora

Pandora: The popular internet radio application provides a personalized free mobile music channel to Pre customers. Playlists are based on artist or song. Pandora on the Palm Pre is fully integrated with Pandora on the web. Users enjoy all their existing stations - and create new ones right from the Palm Pre. Time Magazine named the iPhone version of Pandora their top iPhone apps and we named Pandora a BlackBerry Storm App of the Day.

palm pre fandango

Fandango: Not only can Palm Pre users view movie trailers and order tickets nearby using this app, but Fandango will automatically schedule your upcoming movies on your calendar with Palm Synergy.Film fans can also create a reminder to let them know as tickets go on sale locally for upcoming movies guaranteeing them access to the season's hottest flicks.

palm pre speed brain

Speed Brain: Concentration and memory improvement app. Designed to improve your processing speed and reaction time, Speed Brain exercises your ability to quickly understand information and react to it. You can also connect to your Lumosity account on your Palm Pre, which will allow you to track your Lumosity Brain Profile.Speed Brain for webOS was created with heavy involvement from doctors, neuroscientists, and psychologists at universities. Search "Speed Brain" in Palm App Catalog.

palm pre accuweather

Accuweather: - A weather application with weather data and with 5 day forecasts based on your location. In addition to showing basic current weather and weather forecast, it also does radar and satellite imagery. It defaults to 5-day forecasts, and shows wind, humidity, dew point, and the sunrise and sunset time for any given city. Tapping on the clock icon in the bottom menu bar brings up an hour-by-hour forecast.

AccuWeather also has a proprietary parameter called “RealFeel” that takes into account humidity, wind-chill, and other factors and displays a temperature that represents what it really feels like on the ground. As weather applications go, this one is pretty advanced

palm pre shortcovers

Shortcovers eBook Reader: this cloud-based reader app gives you access to the Shortcovers service with an eBook store that offers some free eBooks. The Shortcovers service allows readers to read thousands of bestselling books, chapters, news and magazine articles, short stories, blog posts and more, online and on your Palm Pre. As a member you can bookmark and save books, chapters, articles and stories, plus build a digital library and rate, comment and share your favorite reads with your friends and family. Creative types can also write their own shortcovers. Books are reasonably priced and appear cheaper than the paper versions.

palm pre gopayment

Intuit GoPayment: Mobile credit card payment processor. Intuit GoPayment turns the Palm Pre Phone Into Credit Card Terminal. GoPayment helps improve cash flow by giving small businesses an affordable and hassle-free way to process credit card payments.

palm pre tweed

Tweed: Palm Pre Twitter client with ability to change fonts, and access more than one Twitter account. It offers easy navigation, browsing, the ability to find real-time information on a topic Multiple accounts. You can access your work and personal accounts at the same time Bookmark searches and timelines. You also can save searches, trending topics or user timelines. There can be notifications when you receive messages or replies. You can add your current location to your tweets and update your profile with your current location.