"At Brainshare in Salt Lake City this week, Novell Inc. Chairman
and CEO Eric Schmidt outlined his "one Net" vision, which involves
eliminating the boundaries between intranets and the Internet as
well as using NDS eDirectory to control e-commerce relationships
with customers and partners. Novell outlined an architecture called
Directory-Enabled Net Infrastructure Model (DENIM) for delivering
this vision (see story). DENIM pieces together current and future
offerings from Novell and partners into a platform for delivering
Internet-based, modular and cross-platform services. Schmidt spoke
with Computerworld's Dominique Deckmyn"
"Q: Linux has been emerging as a file and
print server. Do you see that encroaching on NetWare at the low
A: We have not seen that so far. It might
occur in the future. But the cost of the software is not the
primary issue. The cost issues are always around complexity. So if
you can, with one product, solve a whole bunch of problems in a
scalable way, people prefer that to lots of Linux boxes that they
don't know how to manage -- even if (Linux is) cheaper."
"Q: Many vendors, including Sun Microsystems,
The Santa Cruz Operation Inc. and IBM, are endorsing Linux or the
open-source movement in some way. Novell has announced a port of
its directory, but isn't there more of an opportunity for Novell
A: There is not in fact a standard model for
working with the Linux phenomenon. There's not a standard set of
terms, there's not a standard contract and, in almost all cases,
the models are unproven. So what we decided to do was take NDS and
put it on top of Linux and then get the common management and
interoperability that is Novell's strength to apply to Linux as
well. So my view is: Let's get that out, see what customers say and
then iterate from there."
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