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CRN: Comdex: What's New? Not Much

Nov 23, 1999, 19:27 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Barbara Darrow)

"The big software news, Novell's NDS eDirectory services, and Corel's Linux OS, were essentially follow-on debuts to previous announcements. Novell's eDirectory is a repackaging of promised Web-focused directory services, heretofore known as NDS 8. And Corel has talked about its version of Linux and Linux versions of Corel WordPerfect Office for at least a year."

"Linus Torvalds caused a stir by finally mentioning at least the name of Transmeta Inc.'s Crusoe microprocessor. And there were some Internet appliances. No booth was more packed than PalmPilot's. Also, distributors seem to have discovered the Web and the ASP model. Wow. Where've you been?..."

"If passion is an indicator, there may be something to this Linux thing. A non-scientific show of hands during Linux Business Expo sessions (this was the Linux offshoot to Comdex) showed the OS is finding its way into the enterprise. In one group of about 80 people, five or six claimed to be Linux developers, while 50 to 60 said they are using some distribution of Linux in their place of business. Interesting. I would not have pegged that number so high. Despite the hoopla, skeptics said the numbers touted for Linux are exaggerated."

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