Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Mar 2008 21:43 UTC
SuSE, openSUSE The next version of Novell's Suse Linux Enterprise Server will focus on migration technologies and virtualisation, in order to entice users from Unix and take market share from Red Hat, according to a roadmap announced at the company's BrainShare meeting in Salt Lake City. Version 11 of SLES is not due until the middle of 2009, but Novell has announced six main 'themes' for the release, including mission critical servers, virtualisation, interoperability, green IT, Unix migration and desktop Linux. Speaking of SUSE, openSUSE 11.0 alpha 3 has been released.
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by kaiwai on Fri 21st Mar 2008 03:34 UTC
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This is my short sharp reply to the 'taking over the UNIX market; they are deluding themselves if they think that taking over Solaris, given the current change in direction at Sun, will be cakewalk. Sun has changed its business model, Solaris is now opensource, from what I understand Solaris 11 will be based 100% on opensource components. The Solaris community is growing each month with new programmers coming on board.

SuSE might have had a case 5 years ago, but the market is a completely different place. Solaris x86 is a corner stone to Sun's business model rather than an annoying inconvenience. x86 machines are now seen as viable alternatives to their SPARC machines, and Sun see's x86 as an opportunity rather than a threat to their business.

Sorry to say this, but Novell/SuSE had the opportunity several years ago to do something. The simple fact is you have to make hay while the sun shines (or in this case, dims), and Red Hat was in the right place at the right time. They charged ahead, they had an aggressive sales campaign, listened to customers and now have a foot hold in the market - anyone wonder that you never hear Sun talk about competing with Novell; Novell is no longer relevant.

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