Saturday, September 29, 2007

Highlights of Open Enterprise Server 2 (OES2)

Novell Open Enterprise Server 2 delivers on the remaining services you've wanted to see on Linux, including directory-enabled Domain Name Services (DNS) and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), DFS Junction support, and Archive and Versioning services. This release also delivers some Linux-specific productivity enhancements, such as full 64-bit support, updates to iFolder, installation and management improvements, and a whole arsenal of migration tools and resources to help you finalize your transition to Linux.

Quick Sneak Peak and Download OES2 Beta

Series of Novell Connection Magazine Articles on Highlights of Open Enterprise Server 2

Dynamic Storage TechnologyDomain Services for Windows
eDirectory version 8.8 SP2
NetWare 6.5 SP7 as a VM
VM Commands
iManager 2.7

OES2 includes paravirtualized NetWare 6.5

Check out the new virtualization web pages on Open Enterprise Server 2 includes a paravirtualized version of NetWare 6.5 (NetWare 6.5 SP7) that is designed to recognize when it is running in a virtualized environment and optimize its performance.

Details of NetWare 6.5 running as virtual machine

Novell Virtualization

Novell and Microsoft Interop

Download Linux Presentation Slides including technical details about Virtualization

Thursday, August 23, 2007

The 2007 Desktop Linux Results

According to's just completed survey, the number of Desktop Linux users has more than doubled in the past year, and Ubuntu remains their Linux distribution of choice.

See the entire story

30 percent of our survey respondents are using Ubuntu. Next in popularity, after the ever-popular Ubuntu family, comes the SUSE Linux family with 21 percent. In our survey, we found mostly openSUSE users (19.7 percent) with a scattering of SLED (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop) users (1.3 percent). This isn't too surprising, since our preliminary analysis of our survey data showed that the majority of our respondents were individual rather than corporate users.

It's also noteworthy that the SUSE Linuxes have taken a major step forward. In 2006 survey, the SUSE family came in a distant second place with only 13 percent of the user base. In terms of year-over-year growth, openSUSE and SLED were the real winners, in fact, with a jump of 8 percentage points. The Ubuntu family, by comparison, built on its lead by only 1.2 percent.

The Linux desktop is gaining quickly in popularity, and it's not because of technology-happy fans. It's gaining users because it's an inexpensive, secure, and efficient alternative to today's mainstream desktop operating systems. After all, 38,000 plus users and two major PC companies can't be wrong.

For the full results of our survey, see the raw data on the survey site.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Novell Client for Windows Vista Released

The Novell Client for Windows Vista has been released. This is the full public release, not beta.

Download from Novell

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Vote in the 2007 Desktop Linux Survey launched its 2007 Desktop Linux Survey on August 13, asking users of Linux desktops to identify what distributions they use, as well as their choice of windowing environment (KDE, GNOME, etc.), web browsers, email clients, and Windows-on-Linux solutions.

Vote in the 2007 Desktop Linux Survey

Sunday, August 05, 2007

LinuxWorld Kicks off this week, Aug 6

LinuxWorld is this week, August 6-9, 2007 in San Francisco California. Novell will be hosting several sessions including the Best of Brainshare series.

Ron Hovsepian will give the keynote on the morning of August 8th. Ron Hovsepian, CEO of Novell, will present strategies for accelerating the advance of enterprise-wide Linux adoption "from the desktop to the data center." Ron will also highlight two key topics: the market impact of virtualization technologies, and how enterprise management services are allowing Linux to gain broader acceptance and scale to handle increasingly larger challenges.

Jeff Jaffe's Blog (CTO of Novell)
Looking ahead to Linuxworld

Monday, June 04, 2007

5 Reasons to go Virtual

The benefits of virtualization are compelling. This technology allows you to allocate shared computing resources across multiple applications and processes to:

* Boost your hardware utilization rates
* Reduce infrastructure costs and complexity
* Eliminate "server sprawl"
* Ensure high availability of networked systems and data
* Align IT processes with your overall business goals

For practical guidance on planning and implementing virtual environments, contact me.

- Bucky

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Podcast - Novell Microsoft Pact

Podcast: News to know midday: Novell, Microsoft pact; PlayTable coming; Tough iPod Shuffles by ZDNet's Larry Dignan -- Today’s podcast includes: Deciphering Novell’s disclosures about the Microsoft SUSE Linux pact. Mary Jo Foley asks: Will Microsoft’s ‘Milan,’ aka PlayTable, pit multi-touch vs. the iPhone? PlayTable to surface soon. Jason O’Grady runs over his iPod Shuffle. As a reminder, you can get this podcast on iTunes. See all news to know updates (link blogs and podcasts).

Monday, April 30, 2007

Novell loses Reverend Ted

Novell just lost one of its most visible and vocal advocates. Ted Haeger was the new voice of Open Source at Novell. Ted started Open Audio. I have been following his blogs and Open Audio with much interest. Even though Novell has lost Ted, we still have the opportunity to follow Reverend Ted and the Open Source movement. Ted has joined Bungee Labs, based in Orem UT.

Good luck Ted!

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Microsoft planning to buy Novell

An internal memo leaked by an anonymous (and unhappy) management level worker at Novell shows an already ongoing plan whereby Microsoft will acquire Novell, by a stock transfer operation to take place in the next few months. Both companies have their legal teams working on the technicalities.

The memo shows that the merge will keep the SUSE trademark for all products. Internally MS has already prepared a team to maintain the product, and work on the merge process, says the 20 page document, that seems to have reached most high level executives of Novell and MS.

April Fools Hoax? Most definately! It was posted on April 1st Sunday. This post was partly responsible for a short rally on Monday, but by Tuesday, Novell was back down after a downgrade by Jefferies & Co.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

GWAVA - You rock!

GWAVA just announced today that they are going to start taking Novell GroupWise Support calls. This is a great thing for Novell and GroupWise. GWAVA centers their business around GroupWise. Their business is GroupWise! I think Novell should just let GWAVA buy their GroupWise business. We should just call it GWAVA GroupWise!

Read the Press Release -

Friday, March 09, 2007

Develop Your IT Skills, Raise Your Standard of Living

The information technology field is highly competitive, and it’s only getting worse. As more fresh-faced college kids flood into the employment pool, getting a good paying job has become an upstream swim. Here is a comprehensive overview on how to make more money in IT and learn valuable skills in the process.

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