Lora Bentley spoke with Wendy Steinle, director of product marketing for Workgroup Solutions at Novell. At the end of November, the company announced it will pull its support and its full-time developers from the Hula open source project, which Novell itself initiated last year.
Bentley: What prompted Novell to launch the Hula project in the first place?
Steinle: When Novell launched the Hula project, we sought to fill a major void and provide a low-cost, standards-based open source mail and calendar offering with the scalability and reliability businesses need.
Bentley: What has changed since then to motivate the company to pull out?
Steinle: Novell's objective is to cultivate open source - not to fragment its efforts. Since we launched the Hula project, other open source collaboration initiatives have emerged to fill this void. It became clear that the innovations planned for Hula project releases were being covered in other projects that were able to make better progress.
Bentley: What has to happen for the project to continue without Novell's support?
Steinle: Like any project, for Hula to keep going and make an impact, there must be passionate developers with the time and dedication to make it so. Novell put a lot of passion into Hula and is proud of the developments the team contributed - developments that can be leveraged by the open source community as a whole. So, whether the Hula project continues or not, the work of the Hula team will go on as part of the open source ecosystem.