Mr. Tisdell states "Novell is now a major Linux player". That is an
understatement. Novell is now the largest Linux player, and the first
billion dollar Linux company.
However, unlike most of the industry commentators
(http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,4149,1374571,00.asp), I will go on the
1. This will be REALLY bad for Linux.
2. I am not impressed with Novell's Linux strategy.
If Novell had done this five years ago, ditched the NetWare kernel, and
thrown out 35% of their no-sales product line (LAN Manger, NetMail,
BorderManager, iChain, Zen for Servers), maybe I would be more excited.
Fact of the matter is, 90% of Novell's products are bugware... nasty,
nasty bugware with known problems that Novell refuses to or is inable to
fix. Their product portfolio is too big to maintain with any consistant
quality (given their current staff levels), and it just got bigger!
People who buy Novell's new "eNterpr1ze liNux" software are not going to
be happy campers. They may blame Linux, they may blame Novell, they
probably will go back to Microsoft wit their tails between their legs.
Just my take on it...
CIT Client Services
Steve Cavrak wrote:
>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.
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> 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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