Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd Jun 2006 14:09 UTC, submitted by Flatline
Novell and Ximian Novell's board of directors on Thursday named Ron Hovsepian CEO and president to replace Jack Messman, and ousted the company's chief financial officer. In a conference call on Thursday, company executives said the changes were made to accelerate the growth at Novell, which has had disappointing financial results, particularly in its Linux business.
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grat
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2006-02-02

Netware, the old 386 based kernel system, is dead. Those who absolutely must have it can do so in a Xen-style environment running under SLES 10. This is the official stance.

Now, the core services of netware, file (NSS), print (NDPS/iPrint), Groupwise, Zenworks, Identity Management, and of course eDirectory, have all been ported to other platforms, either through java, mono, or native code, in the case of eDir and NSS.

So the kernel's dead as a dodo, and honestly, should have died about 5 years ago. NW 6.5 is proof that they've reached the limits of what the old kernel design can handle.

Moving to a linux based kernel makes a lot of sense for them, and I hope it works.

But without an agressive marketing campaign, and a solid product (SLES 9 is good, but Open Enterprise Server/Linux is obviously a bolt on) that looks like a unified system to deliver to the customers, with a standardized management interface, that works with existing solutions, they're doomed.

OES has the functionality, but it's a bit schizoid as to whether it's a linux server or a linux server with Novell applications bolted on top. You configure some things in Yast, some in iManager, and some from the command line-- which just isn't a good setup. iManager keeps getting better, and between it and a fully functional Yast system, OES 2.0 (I have no idea what the next OES release is called) should be pretty spiffy.

Now they need to work on the marketing. Having managed hundreds of workstations via eDir/Zenworks and AD/SMS, there is absolutely no comparison-- Microsoft is 5-10 years behind the curve. Problem is, nobody knows what Zenworks can do.

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segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

Netware, the old 386 based kernel system, is dead. Those who absolutely must have it can do so in a Xen-style environment running under SLES 10. This is the official stance.

There's only one tiny flaw with that official stance Novell is taking. The revenue brought in by Linux is a tiny splash in a large ocean when compared with Novell's core Netware business. Netware is what's keeping Novell afloat. Novell are nowhere near being as much a Linux business as Red Hat is, and it is doubtful they'll ever catch up.

Running Netware in a VM under Xen is not enough at all, and is a fatal mistake. What Novell needed to do was continue to support Netware and continue to give it undivided attention, because that's where the money comes from, and work out a way of migrating customers from Netware to a Linux based system with little to no effort required from them. This Linux based system would have a wealth of software and admin tools they'd never had before, making sure they stayed with Novell, and attracting new customers into the bargain. They're a million miles away from this.

Novell thought their Netware customers would simply move over to Linux and endure the pain for them. They won't, and given the choice they will move to something else.

that looks like a unified system to deliver to the customers, with a standardized management interface, that works with existing solutions, they're doomed.

Novell have traditionally changed management interfaces every other day of the week.

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smashIt Member since:
2005-07-06

There's only one tiny flaw with that official stance Novell is taking. The revenue brought in by Linux is a tiny splash in a large ocean when compared with Novell's core Netware business. Netware is what's keeping Novell afloat. Novell are nowhere near being as much a Linux business as Red Hat is, and it is doubtful they'll ever catch up.

no, microsoft is keeping novell alive. or to be more precise the 70mio they sued out of ms.

i predict that novell will follow sgi.

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