Home > Novell and Ximian > Novell Open Enterprise Server Public Beta available Novell Open Enterprise Server Public Beta available Submitted by Bert Plat 2004-12-24 Novell and Ximian 6 Comments A public beta for Open Enterprise Server has been released. A fresh install is necessary, as they do not support an upgrade from Beta 4. About The Author David Adams Follow me on Twitter @david_adams 6 Comments 2004-12-24 5:39 pm Well, that’s something else to try. But, I’m just not convinced about this dual Netware/Linux install. They should just have a Linux server and port any required Netware features to it. They’re going to have to do it sooner or later. 2004-12-24 10:30 pm Not necessarily, NetWare 7 could be incredibly good. I really have no idea what changes they have planned for the NetWare kernel. It sounds like you don’t know either. It is ridiculous to write off an operating system before you even look at it just because you “assume” that everything must suck compared to Linux. Who knows maybe this next release of NetWare will be better than Windows or Linux. Even though this is not likely, competition can never be a bad thing… even for everyone’s favorite child Linux. 2004-12-25 12:06 am It sounds like you don’t know either. It is ridiculous to write off an operating system before you even look at it just because you “assume” that everything must suck compared to Linux. Oh, for God’s sake. It’s not a case of Netware sucking, it’s the fact that Novell are moving to Linux – period. Everybody can see that, whether they like Linux or not. Netware, as good as it has been, has stagnated over the years and Novell just doesn’t have the resources to develop it any further. They have even said themselves that there will be no further versions of Netware, other than changes for maintenance and backward compatibility. That’s what they mean when they say “continuing to support Netware”. Before you try and make politically correct statements, do use some grey matter and look around at what is happening. It’s not a case of things sucking compared to Linux – that’s the way Novell are heading, almost certainly with many Netware features and software moved over. 2004-12-25 7:28 am Basically, that’s what they’ve done. All the services that a network os provides — file, print, security, etc — have been de-coupled from NetWare, and can now live on top of either Netware or Linux. It’s the same route they’ve followed with eDir / NDS years ago. 2004-12-26 1:23 am “I’m just not convinced about this dual Netware/Linux install” It’s not a Dual install. What they have done is allow you to use Linux with the Netware services (And even allow you to put the Netware servers into a Linux network) If you are an all netware shop and you have netware admins then you can still use netware and not change anything! There are some netware things that will not work with Linux. Most off all commands and Volume layouts etc. But it’s ok cause Novell has not said that Netware is dead yet. The netware kernel is still being developed but they are working to move customers over to Linux if they can. R&D is much cheeper with Linux as you can imagine. 2004-12-27 9:17 pm OES = A choice: Option 1 SLES9 kernel with all Netware services supported (even NSS YESS!) Option 2 Netware7 kernel with all Netware services supported Netware is not dead. Its there as an option in OES if you want it. You can move to OES on Linux or OES on Netware7. Choice is yours. Ive got both flavors downloaded and burned….tomorrow I start testing them to decide which way I want to go.