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Network Computing: Services Sell Operating Systems

May 11, 1999, 15:10 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gregory Yerxa)

"The battle of the network operating systems has developed into a familiar story--with a twist. The aging NetWare and its directory sidekick, NDS, face a challenge from Microsoft's promised, but as yet undelivered, Windows 2000 and its Active Directory Services (ADS). The twist? Dark horse Linux emerges from the shadows as a powerful OS with a growing market share."

"Applications need a stable directory beneath them to fully throttle the network, and NetWare's NDS clearly is the only reliable working directory available."

"While [Windows 2000 with] ADS has given the term 'beta cycle' new meaning, it's also likely that ADS will one day pose a genuine threat to NDS. Our tests found Beta 2 of the OS to be fairly stable, but a resource hog ... Furthermore, that release's security and administration weaknesses point to Active Directory's immaturity. However, with so many applications written specifically for Windows9x and NT, ADS may have enough steam to get through the early years and become as reliable as NDS."

"And then there's Linux. Surprising to some and a no-brainer to others, Linux has received the backing it needed to muscle onto the short list of favorable application server platforms."

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