Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Oct 2006 15:04 UTC, submitted by Moulinneuf
Novell and Ximian Ray Noorda, the son of Dutch immigrants who drove Novell Netware to become the dominant local area network operating system in the 1980s, died Monday at the age of 82 after a long bout with Alzheimer's disease. Noorda was the first to clearly articulate that the many interoperating parts of the computer industry meant that one company needed to cooperate with another to ensure their products worked together. In some realms, they might be both partners and competitors, he noted, in a relationship he summed up as 'co-opetition'.
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Netware paved the way
by elsewhere on Tue 10th Oct 2006 19:23 UTC
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Novell fell victim to the MS behemoth in the 90's for much the same reason as other top-of-their-game competitors did, they underestimated Microsoft's determination. I remember selling Netware back in the day, an absolute ton of it, and the Novell reps laughed at the thought of NT ever becoming dominant in a client/server architecture. After all, it was GUI-based, so how could anyone take it seriously?

Still, hindsight is 20/20 vision. Netware certainly laid the groundwork for PC networking as we know it today and in that context may even have had a bigger impact on business computing than even Microsoft did. And despite Redmond's best efforts, they still haven't entirely succeeded in ripping Netware out of every datacenter.

Not too shabby, and a pretty decent legacy.

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