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CRN: An Interview With Stewart Nelson — Novell

“On the eve of Brainshare 2000, Stewart Nelson, chief operating
officer of Novell Inc., talked with Barbara Darrow, CRN Editor of
Investigative Reports, about strategy, Active Directory and
Linux.”

CRN: What has the response been to Novell’s
strategy of making Novell Directory Services (NDS)-related services
the focal point of the company?
Stewart Nelson: We laid out at Brainshare last
year this idea of having the directory glue the network together
and the fact that we were not going to be a one-platform directory
company but a multiplatform directory company. We delivered on that
promise,we released NDS, eDirectory on Unix [Solaris] with Linux to
follow in about a month; obviously NetWare 4 and 5; and on
[Microsoft Corp.’s Windows] NT. On the day Windows 2000 shipped, we
announced that eDirectory would also be running on Windows 2000.
…”

CRN: What about Linux? How real is it? How
much will you support it?
Nelson: We haven’t said much other than announcing
NDS for it. I think it’s real. Any time you take a company like Red
Hat, which goes public and [its stock price] goes up [dramatically]
in its first day, . . . you take it seriously because there’s a lot
of excitement and enthusiasm. It reminds me of when Netscape went
public. [Linux] poses a huge threat on some fronts to NT.
. . . I don’t think it does to Novell because we’re more
inclusive.”

Complete
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