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Symantec Announces Novell Selects Symantec Java Just in Time Compiler for Netware

Novell Cites Speed and Reliability as Primary Drivers in Its Decision To Choose Symantec's Java Just in Time (JIT) Compiler for Novell Servers

1998 JavaOne Developer Conference (SM), San Francisco --March 24, 1998-- Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC), the leading provider of Internet development tools, announced today that Novell, Inc. has licensed Symantec's industry standard Just in Time Java compiler (JIT) for inclusion in the Java Runtime Environment for NetWare. The Symantec JIT, which consistently tests as the fastest JIT available, coupled with the speed of Novell's NetWare server operating system, will ensure that Novell users will experience the fastest possible execution speed of server-based Java applications.

"Symantec continues to lead in the race to deliver Java performance to the desktops and servers of Internet and intranet users and developers," stated Mansour Safai, vice president of Symantec's Internet Tools Division. "By integrating Symantec's industry standard Just in Time compiler with Novell servers, Novell is now offering the fastest platform for server-side Java execution."

A JIT is a fundamental component of the Java Virtual Machines included with server software and Web browsers. It boosts the execution speed of Java applets and applications by instantly converting Java bytecode to native code. This results in an increase in Java performance without any additional work on the part of the Java developer. Symantec's JIT 3.0 is an integral part of Symantec's Visual Café for Java line of development tools, and has been adopted as the defacto industry standard JIT by the leading Java proponents due to its superior execution performance and reliability. Symantec's JIT has been integrated into Sun's JDK 1.1 and 1.2, Java Activator, Java Performance Runtime for Windows, Netscape Communicator and JustSystem family of Internet products.

Test scores consistently indicate that Symantec's JIT outperforms any other JIT available today. For example, it is over 50% faster than the JIT Microsoft includes with Internet Explorer 4.0. By shipping Symantec's JIT as part of their IntranetWare sever operating system, Novell will bring their customers the benefit of faster execution of Java-based server software, and will enable the development of more powerful Java-based network management and administration solutions.

"Novell intends to extend its networking leadership role by adding value to Java on the server through rich networking services that are fully expressed in Java," said Chris Stone, senior vice president of Corporate Strategy at Novell. "The development and deployment of fast, robust Java applications on Novell servers is critical to our success in this endeavor, and we feel that Symantec, the leader in Internet development tools, is the ideal partner to help us deliver high performance Java to our users. By coupling the speed of Symantec's JIT with the speed and reliability of NetWare, Novell customers will benefit from the hands-down fastest and most robust Java runtime environment available today. Recent Volano benchmarks show that NetWare's JVM is now two times faster than NT and four times faster than Unix."

Symantec's suite of Java development tools include both HTML and Java authoring products, designed to address the complete range of enterprise distributed applications and Internet/intranet development needs. Internet development tools offered by Symantec include Visual Page, Visual Café for Java 2.0 Web Development Edition, Visual Café for Java 2.5 Professional Development Edition and Visual Café for Java 2.5 Database Development Edition. (EDITOR'S NOTE: see today's separate release, SYMANTEC SHIPS VERSION 2.5 OF VISUAL CAFÉ FOR JAVA.)

The Java Runtime Environment for NetWare that includes the Symantec JIT will be available in three forms: (1) built into NetWare 5, due this summer; (2) as a component of the Open Solutions Architecture (OSA) SDK targeted for release in May; and (3) for general download for use on NetWare 4.11 and IntranetWare from Novell's web site ( in April.

Java is the de facto standard platform for network computing. Created by Sun Microsystems, Inc., Java technology enables the development of cross-platform applications that can run across the public Internet and corporate intranets.

The Symantec Internet Tools Division pioneered the Java development tools market by delivering the first development product for Java in March, 1996. Since then, the division has continued to develop, market and support a complete line of Java development tools worldwide, bringing the latest advances in Java technology to Internet developers.

About Symantec
Symantec Corporation helps make users productive and keep their computers safe and reliable anywhere and anytime. Symantec offers a broad range of solutions and is acclaimed as a leader in both customer satisfaction and product brand recognition. The company is focused on addressing customer needs in three main application areas: the Norton product line of anti-virus and PC-assistance products; the pcANYWHERE, WinFax and ACT! product lines that cater to remote user productivity; and the Cafe product lines in Internet development tools.

Founded in 1982, the company's global operations span North America, Europe, Japan and several fast growing markets throughout Asia Pacific and Latin America. Traded on Nasdaq under the symbol SYMC, Symantec Corporation is based in Cupertino, California and employs more than 2,000 people. Information on the company and its products can be obtained by calling (800) 441-7234 toll free, (541) 334-6054 or accessed on the World Wide Web at

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