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November 29, 1995

NOVELL’s PARTNERSHIP WITH STELLAR ONE INCORPORATES NEST INTO STELLAR 1000 SET-TOP BOXES

By CBR Staff Writer

As part of its ongoing mission to try and get Nested NetWare – formerly NEST Novell Embedded Systems Technology – into all home devices, Novell Inc has signed a partnership with Seattle, Washington-based Stellar One Inc under which the embedded operating system will be incorporated into the latter’s Stellar 1000 line of television set-top boxes. Novell envisages applications for the technology such as interactive playback and control of video stored on a network; remote video camera control; remote operation of home systems including lights and a video cassette recorder; and an intelligent home security system. The set-top boxes are due to ship late next year, with pricing to be announced nearer the time. The deal is Novell’s second in the area of set-top boxes: last summer the company signed a similar deal with Microware Systems Inc, and has also been in talks with Integrated Systems Inc. Meantime France Telecom has joined up as a supporter of the forthcoming NetWare Connect Service. In his keynote address at Comdex, Novell’s chairman and chief executive Robert Frankenberg named France Telecom as an affiliated carrier, alongside Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp, Deutsche Telekom AG, Unisource NV and Telstra Pty Ltd. Frankenberg also said that, since Novell had announced its technology for running Nested NetWare over electricity cables, over 100 power utility companies worldwide have expressed an interest in adopting the software.

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