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Do-No-Evil Saturday – Part IV: Novell in the News, This Week’s Leftover

Posted in Google, Microsoft, Novell, SCO at 3:00 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

O Novell, Where Art Thou?

Stories about a Novell legacy in Microsoft’s own press carry on coming This one only alludes to it very briefly.

We had several servers dedicated to this office, but the Novell server functioned as the main file store. The system had plenty of memory and processing power. File storage was taken care of by a RAID 5 array. It had six 1GB drives with 4GB of usable space. All servers were backed up with a Legato tape library system.

Here is one where Schmidt’s previous role at Novell gets a mention.

Schmidt was running Novell and admits he knew nothing about search. His interview with Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin was a rude awakening. They told him very bluntly that his work at Novell was “stupid”, he recalls. In hindsight, Page and Brin were spot-on, Schmidt says. He joined the company in 2001.

There is also a new series of posts about Novell certifications over at Tech Republic. Here is one one of the latest.

Novell still offers the traditional CNE certification. Reflecting its emphasis on Linux, there are also several Linux certifications available as well. Novell’s Certification Web site contains the full list.

You can find some follow-ups to this here.

SCO Litigation

There are some developments in the SCO case and they involve Novell. The trial is set to ‘properly’ resume within weeks.

Novell removes gloves in SCO bankruptcy court

[...]

In a filing in US Bankruptcy Court in Delaware on Wednesday, Novell objected to SCO’s motion to reimburse York Capital Management (York) for its expenses in making a failed bid to buy substantially all of SCO’s few remaining business assets. Virtually all of SCO’s other creditors objected to SCO’s motion, too, but Novell’s objection is worthy of note for its directness and tone of utter disdain.

Novell writes of SCO’s request: “Last Winter, the Debtors [that's SCO] asked for just such relief for [York] in connection with their ‘emergency’ motion to approve bidding procedures for a proposed sale of substantially all of their assets to York, but they withdrew the request because they never did reach any kind of sale agreement with York. No matter, it seems, for now the Debtors seek an expense reimbursement for York anyhow.”

Identity Management

An IDC whitepaper (IDC does a lot of business with Microsoft) now covers Novell products. This one is titled “Identity and Security Management and Strong Information Technology Governance: Novell’s Solution Suite Automates the Approach to the Perfect Union”

In this context of managing identities, large directory trees are described in this new article, which does not neglect to mention Novell.

The directory shootouts came to a head – and disappeared from the landscape – just about eight years ago when, in March, 1999, Novell announced the 1 billion entry directory tree. One billion entries – who would ever need more?

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