Novell to support Netware until 2015

By Derek Sooman on March 22, 2006, 4:02 PM
Novell has made it clear that it is to support Netware, the network operating system, until at least 2015. Quite a good move, really, since anyone who works in IT will be able to tell you just how shocking it is how many companies out there (even really big ones) are still running stuff like Windows NT 4, really old versions of Netware and so forth.

Speaking yesterday at the company's annual Brainshare conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, Novell CEO Jack Messman said said the firm would support users of the latest (6.5) version of the network operating system software "as long as customers want to run it."

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iwantnetware said:
There are considerably more NetWare Admins and companies who want to stick with NetWare and don't like being pushed into the backwards world of Linux. Re-compile the kernel? Please!Check out the signatures on Lots of people want Novell to keep developing and improving NetWare, not just put it on life support.Novell's current management has done more to push people to Windows than Microsoft ever did. Maybe Jack M. is Bill Gate's brother-in-law.
Nic said:
Whats so good about Netware?
Phantasm66 said:
I'm rather curious about that myself.
Per Hansson said:
It's impossible to eduacte anyone on how good Netware really is unless you have seen both AD and Netware operating on really big installs, and actually working as an IT Admin for them...Netware is, well, no, I can't describe how much better than AD it is quite frankly
Nic said:
Per: Aren't you confusing Novell eDirectory with Novell Netware?Also, the company I work for is a Novell shop, and the admins seem to like it, but one thing I don't like about it is that it makes life more difficult when it comes to systems integration, as many enterprise applications that need to integrate with other systems seem to require AD to do so easily (or at all).If you run Novell systems then you end up losing a lot of control, but granted admins can more easily manage users, and as this is what admins do most of the time, then it is easy to see why they prefer Novell. As a developer, I personally don't like Novell systems as they make life harder for me.Am I doing something wrong? Why else would it be losing market share?[Edited by Nic on 2006-03-25 08:00:57]
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