Novell rolled out the red carpet last week - actually, a new version of Ximian Red Carpet Enterprise, the management utility for Linux.I was struck by some of the wording in the press release (as well as some of the words that were left out), so I rattled the cage of Novell PR tyro Rod Anderson for an explanation.You may have seen press announcements about the rollout and wondered the same things I did. The phrase I was struck by was \u201cRed Carpet Enterprise can also extend the Linux capabilities of Novell ZENworks.\u201d You might think this means that Red Carpet could be an add-on to ZENworks, adding Linux to the operating systems - NetWare and most Windows - that it supports. You, as I was, would be wrong.According to Anderson, that phrase \u201cwas used to indicate that there was some Linux support in ZENworks, but that Red Carpet Enterprise adds more Linux management functionality.\u201d (ZENworks for Servers does have limited use in a Linux environment.)The words that struck me as being left out were \u201cdirectory enabled.\u201d Red Carpet knows nothing about eDirectory. Rod confirmed this. That looks bad (I can hear the rumormongers now, claiming that Novell is abandoning the directory), but as Anderson went on to say, Red Carpet 2 was mostly finished when Novell acquired Ximian. To integrate ZENworks, or directory-enable the application would have delayed its release - which I\u2019m told (and I always believe PR people, don\u2019t you?) was being clamored for by many Linux users.Anderson did assure me that the Red Carpet and ZENworks lines would be thoroughly integrated in the near future (one or two releases down the road) and that directory enablement would be added where appropriate.Seems reasonable, but I remember there was another Linux management application that was eDirectory-enabled from day one. Caldera (which last year changed its name to SCO but will probably need another name change soon) had a management package called Volution, which I had written about a few times. SCO no longer offers the application, though, as it concentrates on lawsuits rather than development these days.SCO PR maven Blake Stowell tells me that the name was changed from Volution Manager to SCO Manager a little over a year ago, but that \u201cwhen the company decided to stop all of its efforts around Linux, it stopped selling SCO Manager.\u201dThe product itself has been spun off to another company, called Vintela (funded by the Canopy Group, the\u00a0venture capital\u00a0fund behind Caldera and SCO), but its Web site (I wasn\u2019t able to contact anyone at the company) doesn\u2019t mention the management product, listing instead something called Vintela Management Extensions (VMX), an add-on for Windows Systems Management Server to enable management of Linux and Unix platforms. That\u2019s too bad, because I really liked Volution. There\u2019s a definite market for an eDirectory-enabled management program for Linux, which could be very important to you soon. I\u2019ll let you know if one shows up.