Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 30th Nov 2006 22:51 UTC
Novell and Ximian Novell on Nov. 30 announced its latest NetWare upgrade operating system, the Linux-powered Novell Open Enterprise Server 2. OES, which will be based on Novell's SLES 10, is designed to be a drop-in replacement for Novell NetWare servers, and a direct competitor to Microsoft's Server 2003.
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I can't think of anybody else with a similar offering that Novell has though.

I don't know Novell's sales figures so I can't really judge whether they are failing or not and what part of their business is Suse compared to OES.

As far as I see it though, the real meat with Novell is the Suse based OES, not the barebone Suse. In a way, Novell has done something similar to what Apple did. They have replaced an aging OS by a unix "clone" system with a yummy layer of goodness on top.

Their market being the enterprise servers, they didn't bother to create a GUI like Apple did. Instead they ported their existing technology to their new "core" OS, providing a smooth transition for Netware clients.

Where I work, we are currently in the middle of upgrading our environment from an outdated Netware to the current OES. Except for Microsoft with AD, SMS and MOM, there's to my knowledge nobody else with an offering as complete as Novell. With eDirectory, Zenworks, iPrint and other products/components, they have something really, really powerful.

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