Dave Tisdell posted to following to the "School-IT",
"SchoolNet", and "VITA-VT" (Vermont Information Technology
Association for the Advancement of Learning) lists. It's
reposted here with permission.
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Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2003 08:46:12 -0500
From: Dave Tisdell <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Linux and Novell
I went down to Boston yesterday for a presentation from
Novell and IBM on what they are doing with Linux. It was
very exciting. The presentation was packed. I haven't
seen this much interest in what Novell is doing in a
Novell was the principal presenter and IBM was there as
a partner. If you haven't heard, Novell just acquired
Suse, the largest Linux distributor after Red Hat (and
the largest installed base in Europe). They also
acquired Ximian last August. Ximian makes a nice GUI
interface (Ximian desktop), a kickbut mail client
(Evolution), and a great tool for managing patches (Red
Carpet). With these 2 acquisitions plus the new Novell
services for Linux, Novell is now a major Linux player.
Novell is planning to support Linux from the desktop up
through the enterprise. I hope the vision that was
presented pans out. There was a lot of discussion about
open standards and functioning in a heterogeneous
environment. If they are sincere about their committment
to the open source community, I think it will be good
for open source, Novell, and whatever other flavor of OS
you are running.
It is interesting that they made their announcement
about acquiring Suse on the same day that Red Hat pulled
the plug on RHL and said that Linux was not mature
enough for the desktop. The folks from Suse and Novell
obviously think it is ready for the desktop.
Red Carpet is supposede to get combined with ZenWorks so
that you would have a tool in e-directory that could
manage Windows and Linux. It would be great if Mac
support got rolled in as well. Now that the mac is Unix
based, a port of Red Carpet over to the Mac shouldn't be
extremely difficult. Novell/Ximian just need to be
convinced to do it.
That's all for now. Sorry for the cross posts.
David Tisdell. Computer Coordinator
Mt. Mansfield Union High School
211 Browns Trace
Jericho, VT 05465
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