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Enterprise IT Planet: The Next NetWare: Not Your Dad's NetWare

Apr 30, 2004, 10:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"At one time, NetWare was the network operating system for the PC world. In particular, there are still companies that depend upon its bread and butter networking on lovingly maintained NetWare 3.1x and 4.x set-ups. And why shouldn't they? It's been long acknowledged that for fundamental print and file services along with rock-solid stability, you couldn't beat NetWare.

"That was then. This is now. Until recently, NetWare had been in a decline thanks mostly to aggressive competition from Microsoft with its Windows NT, Windows 2000, and now Server 2003 operating systems. Novell executives, no fools, saw that and decided to make a radical change: the company would become a Linux company.

"It did this by buying German Linux power SUSE. But, at the same time, there were still hundreds of thousands of NetWare legacy customers left. What to do...?"

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