|FROM ||Ron Guerin
|SUBJECT ||Re: Fwd: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Novell News
|(previous copy went out with the wrong sender address)
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: *einker* >
> Date: Jun 22, 2006 1:22 PM
> Subject: Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Novell News
> To: Ruben Safir >
> Cc: hangout-at-mrbrklyn.com
> No, the question should be "Is this a good thing or a bad thing?".
> Novell has consistently screwed up all their marketing and sales efforts
> since Netware 4.0.
> Netware is going the way of the DoDo and nothing will change that.
I haven't been a NetWare user since the 3.x days. If the product hasn't
changed in some substantial way since, there's really no reason someone
who's never been a NetWare shop before would want to get involved with
it. It's another case of Microsoft moving in. NetWare used to be the
only serious game in town. But Windows Networking is "good enough", and
falls under the "Nobody ever got fired for buying
> What will happen with Suse is the key question now.
Standard Operating Procedure here is one of two things happens:
1. Novell somehow manages to survive on its own products,
and divests itself of SuSE as a "non-core asset", which is
crazy-moon-speak for "We're selling the only thing we've got
that's actually worth anything"
2. Novell throws in the towel, (possibly renaming itself SuSE)
and end-of-life's their existing product line, and all that
is left is SuSE.
Since I'm neither a Novell user or a SuSE user, but I do use Gnome and
Gnome software, I'm more interested in what happens to Ximian, but only
out of curiosity. Ximian used to be my favorite Linux company, but I
didn't realize at the time that one of Ximian's core beliefs is that
anything Microsoft does is enlightened and should be duplicated in GPL
software right down to the poor design, bloat, and bugs.
It has long been my opinion that Novell's medium, and long-term strategy
is to be acquired by IBM. I don't see that happening ever, however. If
at all, IBM will not acquire Novell while it is in possession of a Linux
distro. You can thank SCO for that.