Novell to post beta of NetWare/Linux Open Enterprise Server

It's the holiday season, a time of good cheer and gift giving. I wish I could give each and every one of you a gift, but that's well beyond the means of this newsletter. Still, I can tell you about the Christmas present Novell is planning for you. In fact, it might already be unwrapped (as we went to press, the release date still wasn't set).

Sometime this week, the public beta version of Open Enterprise Server (OES) should be available for download at Novell's Web site.

OES has generated more discussion and publicity for Novell since the release of NetWare 5.0 a little more than six years ago. The promise of all the old familiar NetWare services, as well as a plethora of new ones sitting atop either a NetWare or a SuSE Linux kernel (or both), has the potential to make networking exciting once again - and I mean that in a good way!

We've spent a lot of time recently talking about client services and applications, but soon after the New Year we'll start an in-depth look at OES. Download the public beta, run it up on a lab machine or two - or use the excellent tools from VMware (see link below) to mount multiple operating systems on one box. Start running it through its paces now so you'll be ready for that discussion. Drop me a note to tell me your first impressions, what you like and what you don't like.

Among the features available in the initial version of OES are:

  • All current NetWare services and kernel, as well as planned enhancements.
  • All SuSE Linux Server 9 Enterprise Edition services running on the 2.6 Linux kernel (Intel-based x86 platform).
  • Nterprise Linux Services 1.0 and planned enhancements.
  • Integrated common management tools (e.g., iManager for NetWare and Linux).
  • Novell Storage Services (NSS) on Linux.
  • Migration tools and upgrade utilities (for NetWare, Microsoft and Linux).
  • Standards-based package management (RPM) for NetWare.
  • Virtual Office management enhancements.
  • Shared iFolder capabilities between Windows and Linux clients.
  • Mapped drive support for Linux from a Novell client.
  • Common Information Module (CIM) instrumentation.
  • Clustering on either NetWare or Linux.
  • iPrint client for Linux desktop.

Remember, too, that if you download the OES public beta now, you can beg off visiting Great Aunt Agatha this weekend because you have to do the installation while the office is closed!

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