I was speaking with a Novell rep on Thursday night's Midwest Region party,I can believe that. The direction that Novell was taking NetWare was to be more and more of an application server. One thing that NetWare doesn't do all that well is Application Serving. It'll serve things like this blog and MyFiles/NetStorage just peachy. But the development environment is, in a word, unforgiving. Linux, Windows, and Solaris all provide more forgiving development and operation environments.
and in 30 seconds he explained the switch to Linux better than the CEO's did
all week. The nutshell version is...what SUSE does now for features is what
Netware 8 and 9 were slated to be for their development. Novell realized
that it would be far more cost efficient to switch to Linux and get the
features today rather than spend lots of money and time and develop the
tools for a Netware platform that won't be developed for another 5 or more
In order to get to where Novell wanted NetWare to be, they would have had to made significant changes to the NetWare kernel. Including things like an improved thread model, enhanced process-space protection, and better memory management. These are fundamental features of an operating system and 5 years is a reasonable guess for developing them from where NetWare is today.
And Linux already has those, and just needs to have better file-and-print crammed into it. By the time OES2 comes out, Novell should have solved the file-and-print problem. 5 years of development solved in 2.
Bummer about the colateral damage, eh?
Tags: novell, netware