Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Oct 2007 16:10 UTC, submitted by elsewhere
Novell and Ximian "Novell's long journey from NetWare to Linux is finally complete. On Oct. 8, Novell released Open Enterprise Server 2 to its customers worldwide. Shortly after acquiring SUSE and its enterprise-focused Linux distribution, Novell announced that its follow-on to NetWare 6.5 would ship as a set of network services that could run atop the NetWare and the Linux kernel, OES 1.0. OES, which began shipping in April 2005, was the first major step in Novell moving NetWare's services from its native operating system to Linux. Now, with OES 2.0, the NetWare operating system kernel, NetWare 6.5 SP7, is still there if you run it, but it runs on top of the Xen hypervisor. You can also run the NetWare services, or a para-virtualized instance of NetWare, on top of Xen with the SLES 10 SP 1 kernel. So, if you're wedded to NetWare and its way of doing things, you don't have to wave good-bye to it."
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RE[3]: Novell is back!
by IanSVT on Tue 9th Oct 2007 19:08 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Novell is back!"
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Yes, the client still has some bugs apparently, judging by the constant flow of 4.9X SPX updates that have been coming out for a couple of years now. It's fairly stable from what I've experienced(outside of a severe 4.92 SP2 show stopping issue), but we don't change much from the default configuration during install, so my evidence is anecdotal.

I seem to remember reading a blog posting explaining why the Vista client was taking so long to come out; basically Microsoft was changing so much right up until Vista went gold, Novell had to basically play catch up after Vista was made public.

If I had to guess, I'd say the deal has had zero impact on the Novell client.

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