Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Apr 2011 22:06 UTC, submitted by sjvn
SuSE, openSUSE Attachmate now owns Novell and therefore, by extension, also owns SUSE and openSUSE. With Oracle currently doing everything in its power to thoroughly destroy what's left of Sun's open source commitments, scepticism abound about the future of SUSE, and more specifically of openSUSE. Attachmate's CEO has answered some questions about the future of SUSE and openSUSE, and as far as words go, it's looking good.
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RE[12]: As far as words go....
by IanSVT on Tue 3rd May 2011 22:17 UTC in reply to "RE[11]: As far as words go...."
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If you used NetWare, continued to have problems, and keep using it, then the software isn't your biggest problem. The lack of understanding of the platform and it's limitations is your problem. Blind support of something that doesn't work is probably a failure by yourself or whoever decided not to address the problem(s). Netware has essentially been a dead end for years. It was never a good application platform and the design of it made issues like your scsi driver worse than with other operating systems. Also, the core of the OS hasn't been rewritten since version 3.x. Components have changed over the years like adding tcp/ip support, but it's essentially the same kernel design without good memory protection in versions 3,4,5,5.1,6, and 6.5. Novell said netware was not going to be touched outside of some patches years ago. Their life cycle was no secret.

We still run some Netware servers, mostly because they run fine and we rarely have to touch them. If they were a constant hassle, I would have probably done something about it by now.

The NT/2000/XP client was ultra buggy in the early 4.x series. Since then it has been fine. The latest client for Windows 7 works fine too. Maybe you need to take a look at your environment and fix the issues.

The tools are mediocre. I complained to Novell for years about it. But, unless you're using groupwise, or older versions of everything else, imanager works fine enough for everything else. Having to use Console 1 for the latest version of groupwise is absurd and lazy. Their model of splitting their software from interacting natively with eDirectory, started with zenworks, is their best bet. I hope they do it with groupwise soon.

You have to stop looking at Novell as netware, because those days are long gone.

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