Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Oct 2007 16:10 UTC, submitted by elsewhere
Novell and Ximian "Novell's long journey from NetWare to Linux is finally complete. On Oct. 8, Novell released Open Enterprise Server 2 to its customers worldwide. Shortly after acquiring SUSE and its enterprise-focused Linux distribution, Novell announced that its follow-on to NetWare 6.5 would ship as a set of network services that could run atop the NetWare and the Linux kernel, OES 1.0. OES, which began shipping in April 2005, was the first major step in Novell moving NetWare's services from its native operating system to Linux. Now, with OES 2.0, the NetWare operating system kernel, NetWare 6.5 SP7, is still there if you run it, but it runs on top of the Xen hypervisor. You can also run the NetWare services, or a para-virtualized instance of NetWare, on top of Xen with the SLES 10 SP 1 kernel. So, if you're wedded to NetWare and its way of doing things, you don't have to wave good-bye to it."
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Better than OES?
by systyrant on Tue 9th Oct 2007 19:14 UTC
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My only hope is that it's better than the original OES. That one was a dead dog.

While I have a lot of love for Novell as a whole the new (IBM) execs are killing the company. Support sucks and is expensive. What they offer small business sucks compared to what they did offer. Mostly they still seem unstable and the rumor that they are working to devalue the company so IBM can buy them up is starting to sound true.

At any rate I'm looking forward to trying out OES 2.

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RE: Better than OES?
by werfu on Tue 9th Oct 2007 20:06 in reply to "Better than OES?"
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Devaluate so IBM can buy them? Who the hell would want that! Even if it means buying for less, the bought company would have loose all it's reputation and client base, which IMHO worths more than the company owning itself. IBM has no interest in buying a linux distro, it would have already enough expertise to start over a new one. But they doesn't want to add a new player in the field. Big Blue as long understood that they need to limit Linux fragmentation for it to get on MS.

Novell as a lot of IP assets, a good Linux distro and a handsome of clients. Yes it could interest IBM and IMHO I'd say it would be profitable to anyone to see a stock for stock buy-out. IBM could simply swallow Novell, offering a mix of cash and stock options. Think about it, IBM buying Novell means : Big Blue Linux (aka SuSe), IBM owning Unix, and IBM putting it's enormous work force behind a distro. Suddenly Linux future seems even more brighter (as long as OS/2 manager stay far away LOL). [EDIT] Ho and btw, if there is rumors of a possible bid by IBM, Novell values will be far from dropping![/EDIT]

Edited 2007-10-09 20:18

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RE[2]: Better than OES?
by systyrant on Tue 9th Oct 2007 20:53 in reply to "RE: Better than OES?"
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The rumor started when Novell started putting ex-IBM execs on the board and as company execs. It didn't help when they started killing off all the small business products. After that they started liquidizing assets; killing off projects; laying off workforce; etc. While those things don't really mean much in the practical sense they do give fuel to the conspiracy crowd.

As for devaluation. If IBM were in the market to buy up Novell one would think that getting IBM loyal people on the board and in the company seats would be smart. Next getting the stock price to drop would be genius. And to do it all without the general public really knowing it would be outstanding. Sure the stock would rise, but if they got it low enough they could still buy it cheap.

At any rate it just speculation (mostly on the part of people who are unhappy with the direction Novell is going). Why IBM would want Novell I couldn't really say. What they would do if they did purchase them I couldn't really say.

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