Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Mar 2008 21:43 UTC
SuSE, openSUSE The next version of Novell's Suse Linux Enterprise Server will focus on migration technologies and virtualisation, in order to entice users from Unix and take market share from Red Hat, according to a roadmap announced at the company's BrainShare meeting in Salt Lake City. Version 11 of SLES is not due until the middle of 2009, but Novell has announced six main 'themes' for the release, including mission critical servers, virtualisation, interoperability, green IT, Unix migration and desktop Linux. Speaking of SUSE, openSUSE 11.0 alpha 3 has been released.
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RE[2]: Nothing of Consequence
by SlackerJack on Thu 20th Mar 2008 23:53 UTC in reply to "RE: Nothing of Consequence"
SlackerJack
Member since:
2005-11-12

Thats not actually true, Novell canceled their Windows licenses a while back, I remember watching one of their videos conferences where they made the announcement.

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sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

Do you have a reference for that? I seem to recall an announcement a while back which, upon careful inspection, turned out to mean less than it first appeared. As I recall, it was more along the lines of their not upgrading or installing any new Windows servers. I can't remember for sure. I remember being disappointed.

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RE[4]: Nothing of Consequence
by elsewhere on Fri 21st Mar 2008 06:18 in reply to "RE[3]: Nothing of Consequence"
elsewhere Member since:
2005-07-13

Do you have a reference for that?


FWIW, I had a buddy that worked in sales at Novell a while back, and they were equipped with dual-boot NLD9/XP laptops. They were using NLD, but had to resort to XP because some of the legacy business applications they used internally required Excel spreadsheets with heavily laden macros. It was basically required for some of the reporting they had to do, but at that time he said they were working on migrating that bit, which could also explain the development effort Novell put into macro-compatibility for OOo2.

At any rate, he indicated that the majority of employees were running linux, though that was desktop, I have no idea about their server mix.

I would expect they've made strides since then. But really, who cares? Linux is an alternative to Windows, not a replacement. It will work well in some scenarios, but not in all. Any business revolving around commercial linux needs to accept that if they have a hope of succeeding. Better that Novell should face the same issues their customers will face when trying to migrate, rather than pretending they don't exist.

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