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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by IanSVT on Fri 1st Dec 2006 15:23 UTC
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I'm more excited for OES2 than I am for Vista. A few comments though.

OES Linux or NetWare running in a Xen para-virtualized environment give you the hardware support of Linux. NetWare's hardware support is continually being scaled back by vendors. For instance, I can't get a Dell rack server that supports NetWare on the hardware level anymore. I can with SuSE, and in turn, OES for Linux or NetWare 6.5 SP7 running within Xen. That's a huge plus for me.

OES on Linux gives you some things beyond SLES. First of all, as was mentioned above, it gives you almost all the NetWare 6.5 based services(iManager, eDirectory, NSS, iPrint, Zen starter pack I believe, Identity Manager starter pack, etc...) out of the box. Also, it allows you to create NSS volumes. NSS is a journaled file system which uses a file permissions system tied directory into eDirectory, which goes beyond the scope of POSIX based file permissions.

eDirectory is not the only money maker for Novell. Zenworks and Identity Manager are popular products, and even GroupWise has a heavy following.

Novell's biggest problem continues to be anything unrelated to support and development. They need to market the hell out of this because the concept is pretty good. It's certainly the best product for my needs in this environment(file/print). And despite file and print not getting looked at today as an issue, everyone still uses it and managing it on a large level is difficult, but Novell does a good job of making it easier.

I don't plan on implementing OES2 into production as soon as its released, but I'll be testing it for sure. I look forward to it.

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