Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 26th Oct 2007 05:34 UTC, submitted by WillM
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "Experts say that migrations from Unix to Linux have slowed down because all the low-hanging fruit has now been picked. Linux growth in the U.S. x86 server market has, over the past six quarters, started to falter and reverse its positive course relative to Windows Server and the market as a whole." More here.
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IanSVT
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2005-07-06

Would people like to have choice and see Exchange run on Linux? Yes. Is it going to happen? No. Microsoft doesn't compromise on this stuff.


The biggest reason for this in my opinion is because Microsoft doesn't have to. They basically set their own rules within reason.

Groupwise is dead Novell. Do yourself a favour and start using Kolab or OpenGroupware or something like that so people actually know about what it is that you use.


Dead? Tell that to the active developers and all the customers who actually use groupwise. Kolab, OpenXchange, OpenGroupware, none of these come close to GroupWise's market imprint. That would be a very poor decision by Novell to scrap GroupWise.

Quite frankly, I have not been impressed with Zen. As far as I can tell, much of what Novell have been doing is writing stuff in .Net and then assuming it can just be ported to Linux using Mono. I don't call that making Linux a first-class citizen.


What does mono have to do with Zen 10?

Wow. There's no pretty, easy to use management tools, nothing unifying them together, nothing built first on Linux and no one in the open source community can contribute or test any of this stuff, or even know about it. Ergo, Novell is out of the loop in the wider open source world.


As far as eDirectory enabled services, iManager is that tool. You can criticize the tool, but you can't say it doesn't exist.

We already have them ;-).


Not integrated into the directory services, however.

None of this stuff is unified, and in particular, none of this stuff is unified with what is happening in the Linux and open source world since, Novell doesn't get open source. No one using your average Linux distribution is aware of any of this stuff, let alone using it.


It's more unified than you realize. It certainly needs work(specifically the GroupWise tools), but you don't need to do anything at the command line if you don't want to.

You're spot on, no one using your average linux distro is aware of any of this stuff. However, it's not because it isn't open source, it's because your average linux joe doesn't need a groupware package, directory services, directory service enabled printing/dhcp/dns, heavy duty workstation and policy management services.

Trust me brother, Novell can be ripped for plenty, particularly their lackluster sales division and their non existent marketing division. In my opinion, most of their woes are due to these parts of the business. You can even rip some of the technology. However, back to your comment, you said they have done nothing in the four years. Regardless of what you think of their development of products and services and what impact they have, it is an irrefutable fact that they have continued to develop and progress their technology over the past four years.

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