Friday, June 17, 2005

News from Premium Service - June

June 16, 2005

Issue 6, Volume 5

& Views

100 Best Corporate Citizens for 2005, Business Ethics Magazine, Spring 2005

[Novell ranked #9 on this year's survey. – Editor]

U.S. Health Department Signs Major Linux Deal With Novell, InformationWeek, June 1, 2005

HHS is already a user of Novell products, however the new deal provides an enterprise license to Novell's Linux and OpenSource products, the spokesman says. The pact doesn't require HHS or NIH to migrate off other platforms used in their environments, he says.

An NIH source says there are no plans to "unseat" Microsoft products, which are widely used throughout HHS. However, Linux products provides "an attractive low unit cost" for thousands of scientific users within NIH and other HHS agencies, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the NIH official says.”

Desktop Linux: Ready for Prime Time?,, June 2005

Three of the products reviewed here impressed me as suitable for use on a desktop within a business setting: Novell Linux Desktop 9, Red Hat Professional Workstation, and SuSE Linux Professional 9.2. All three offered the ease of use, administrative tools, and the robustness necessary in a corporate environment.

Novell is strongly pushing Linux, and essentially betting the company on its success. The company has been very successful with creating a strong server product and is now trying to carry that success down to the workstation. Because two of the three best offerings (SuSE Linux and Novell Linux Desktop) are from Novell, I believe that Linux will make inroads into corporate desktops this year and give Windows XP an honest run for the market.”

Novell's one-two punch, NetworkWorld, April 25, 2005

With $1.7 billion in cash and ranking among the top 25 most profitable companies on the NW200, Novell has more than a fighting chance with its Linux-plus-management strategy.

"'Even though Novell's revenue performance in the first quarter was disappointing, with $1.7 billion cash on hand, the company has a lot of room to maneuver in terms of adding to and providing support services [for OES and SuSE Linux],' Hurley adds.”

NetWare Platform Is Far From Dead,, April 18, 2005

Far from sounding a death knell for NetWare, however, the work Novell has done to plaster over the differences between NetWare and Linux in OES should extend the life of NetWare as a platform. This is good news for NetWare shops that aren't ready to migrate off this stalwart platform.”,1759,1785989,00.asp

TUX magazine debuts

TUX is the first and only magazine for the new Linux user and is dedicated to promoting and simplifying the use of Linux on the desktop.

TUX is published by SSC Publishing, the leading Linux and Open Source authority, publishing reference materials in these fields since 1983. Properties include,,,, and the the award-winning international print magazine, Linux Journal.

Windows can't kill Linux, InfoWorld, May 9, 2005

In a recent column, Tom Yager provocatively declared, 'Linux can't kill Windows.' Linux is just an OS, he said, whereas commercial offerings such as Windows and Mac OS X give developers a complete platform on which to build applications. His conclusion was that Linux will never be truly ready to compete for a seat at the big table.

He's wrong, of course.”

British study: schools can save by ditching Microsoft, cNet, May 6, 2005

A study by Britain's Educational Communications and Technology Association found that primary schools in the UK could cut their computer costs significantly by avoiding software from Microsoft.

Results of the study, which are due to be released next week, were reported on Friday by The Times Educational Supplement, a British paper. The TES said that the study doesn't actually use Microsoft's name, but leaves little doubt by referring to the world's largest software maker.

According to the paper, the study compared costs at 33 schools that employ commercial software and 15 using open source. The study finds that the open source-based schools saved an average of 24 percent on software, hardware and support, again according to the TES report.”

Cool SolutioNs

Linux Login to NetWare Script

Easy to use script for making an NCP connection to NetWare.

Integrating Novell Linux Desktop into a Novell NetWare network

As I researched the use of Novell Linux Desktop (NLD) in a NetWare 6.5 Network, I became frustrated with the lack of documentation concerning using NLD as a client to a NetWare server. I started out by scouring the Novell site for Documentation \ TIDS and Cool Solutions. This search turned up very little. I decided that I needed to figure out a path through NetWare's NFAP and LDAP tools to create what I thought would be some crude connectivity. After working for a little while on LDAP authentication I was guided by a fellow Forum reader who had figured out how to get LDAP authentication working by using the directions for authenticating to eDirectory on Linux.”


Getting Started With Linux: Novell’s Guide to CompTIA’s Linux+

Getting Started with Linux: Novell’s Guide to CompTIA’s Linux+ (Course 3060) introduces students to the knowledge and skills needed to manage all Linux distributions. Specifically, this course covers the objectives outlined by CompTIA® for its Linux+ exam and certification, an international industry credentials that offers proof of knowledge...

Not only does this course prepare students for the CompTIA Linux+ exam; it offers an excellent way to begin preparing for the Novell Certified Linux Professional (Novell CLP) practicum exam. In fact, after completing this course, students will have acquired one-third the knowledge needed to become a full Novell CLP, the ideal certification for people interested in become Linux administrators.

Products & SolutioNs &

Linux is about more than software. It's about tech support. It's about consulting expertise. It's about training. And most importantly, it's about you - how will Linux help you run your business better?

Not all Linux distributions are created equally. Perhaps it's time you take a look at SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server from Novell. Read all about it at

Patches & Fixes

These are the “New this week” patches. Note that some are BETA; be sure to check our website for details about them. The Security Alert Fix symbol indicates a security alert.


Patch Date

Patch Name





Post SP2 updates for SecureLogin 3.51

NetWare 6



Post SP5 NSS modules for NetWare 6.0




Post SP3 NSS modules for NetWare 6.5

Novell Clients



Novell Client 4.91 Update "A"

NetWare 6



Media Manager and NWPA updates




GroupWise 6.5.5 WebAccess Rev C (NW/Win)




GroupWise 6.5 SP5 Internet Agent Rev. E




GW 6.5 SP5 Agents Rev 5

ZENworks 6.5 Suite



ZENworks 6.5 Inv Software Dict Update 4

NetWare 6.5



iPrint NW Post Consolidated SP 12b

NetMail 3.5, Nterprise Linux Services 1.0 Security Alert Fix



NetMail 3.52C Update for Linux

NetMail 3.5, Nterprise Linux Services Security Alert Fix


NetMail 3.52C Update for NetWare

NetMail 3.5, Nterprise Linux Services Security Alert Fix


NetMail 3.52C Update for Windows

NetWare 6.5



NetWare 6.5 SP3 Updated SERVER.EXE

DirXML, Identity Manager



Updated NIS driver for IDM2.0.x on Solaris

NetWare 6.5



Xsession Vulnerability Fix

New TIDs

Status: 503 Service Unavailable – TID10097986

Tunneling Control is enable in proxy.cfg.

An error is displayed on the browser:

Novell BorderManager Information Alert


Status: 503 Service Unavailable

Description: The requested method is not allowed on this scheme type. Tunneling through the port being used is not allowed

Please contact your Systems Administrator for resolution.

When Tunneling Control is enable in proxy.cfg and few ports are added, only the first one will allow traffic. The rest will fail. If changing the order of the ports, the one becoming now the first one, is the one that will work

Invalid syntax error when using the eMBox client to backup NICI files via the " - TID10098019

HP 10.x NFS client hangs when doing ls on NetWare NFS. - TID10096446

HP 10.x NFS client enters infinite loop when getting directory list of a NetWare NFS shared directory.

Message body containing too much plain text cuts off part of the content at the – TID10097993

In Their OwN Words &

Nothing is broken or out of revision, so it doesn't make sense for us to make the move," said Carmen Rahm, senior director of IT Services at Central Washington University. "We have been running Novell GroupWise for years without any virus attacks or unexpected downtime. Novell also offers a solid directory which fully meets our needs and gives us a road map for our plans to move to open systems.”

"Mobility is no longer a luxury," said Rahm. "The ability to provide consistent remote e-mail access is absolutely critical for us to remain efficient in a time of tight budgets. With the BlackBerry Enterprise Server for GroupWise, we didn't have to look elsewhere for mobile support."

"I've had my BlackBerry glued to my hand since we installed the BlackBerry Enterprise Server," said Rahm. "Now I can do e-mail while walking across campus or waiting in line for a latte. We're eliminating an enormous amount of wasted time and helping make our staff far more productive. With GroupWise and BlackBerry, you don't have to go looking for your e-mail - it finds you."

"The BlackBerry doesn't care what's on your desktop - it just synchronizes with a server," said Roland Tollefson, director of Networks and Operations at Central Washington University. "We are reducing the frustrations of our Macintosh users and expect support calls related to PDAs and e-mail to drop to zero.”

"We want to be able to pick and choose our own applications and features, without being tied to a certain vendor," said Tollefson. "It's important that our e-mail system give us that flexibility down the road."

Read more about Central Washington University at

Totally IrrelevaNt Website(s) of the Day

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The system will cool an average room to a comfortable level in approximately 15-20 minutes. Depending on flow rate, a full bucket of water will last approximately 1-3 hours.

“It doesn't rip quite as hard as central air, but for less than $30 CAD I'm not complaining.”

Find out more about this home-made air conditioner at

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


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