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InternetWeek: Novell Buys Unix, Again

Nov 15, 2003, 04:00 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Strom)

"Remember the headlines from just more than 10 years ago about Novell buying Unix Systems Labs (USL) from AT&T for $270 million worth of stock? That was back in the days before Linus got started on Linux and when the majority of network file servers were running NetWare. In 1993, DOS was still a big deal. Graphical interfaces were still mostly found on Macintoshes. IBM was still selling plenty of mainframes, and it still had high hopes for OS/2 and TopView.

"Ten years ago, Unix was mostly a techie curiosity, being run sub-rosa by IT managers who were so early to the market that it was more of a cult following than an operating system. Ten years ago, directory services was a novel idea and relatively unknown. Indeed, the concept was so new that Microsoft spent a lot of time convincing people that they didn't need it and should wait until their product was good enough for public consumption. (One could argue that we are still waiting, and that Novell's product is still far better than Microsoft's Active Directory...)"

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