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Do-No-Evil Saturday - Part IV: Novell's Products Past and Present

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SUSE



Here is a newly-reported case of SUSE Linux being used in the far east.

“Halalan is basically a relational database system running on SUSE Linux. When first used in 2007, its developer platform was PostSQL. However, it has been enhanced this year and migrated to the MySQL platform. Both run on Open Source,” Bitanga added.


Here is a fairly new SUSE advert. It ought to be new on the face of it, based on the YouTube datestamp and judging by the upload time.



New Products



Novell's mainframe push gets another mention and this includes some interesting statistics assuming they accurate, as well as adherent to proper definitions.

Novell SUSE Linux rules the mainframe

But according to Clabby, this is yet another way for Novell to strengthen its hold on the Linux mainframe market, which it dominates. According to Novell's Steinman, "three-quarters of Linux running on the mainframe is running on SUSE," while Clabby thinks it might even be more, a "stronghold 80% share or so."


In the area which revolves around payment cards, there is this new press release.

Novell today announced a significant enhancement to its security and information event management solution, Novell€® Sentinel(TM), that will help retailers meet the detailed requirements of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS). One of the most critical compliance requirements for online and endpoint point-of-sale merchants, financial institutions, credit and debit card processors and credit card companies, PCI-DSS protects consumers from data fraud and identity theft by providing stringent guidelines for merchants on how to safeguard credit card information at various points in the payment process.


The PR is accompanied by some early coverage (it may be too early for journalists to have spotted and written about it).

Networking software firm Novell has announced enhancements to its security and information event management system Novell Sentinel. The improvements aim to help retailers meet the requirements of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, one of the most critical compliance requirements for online merchants and credit card companies.


Here is another new article from BetaNews.

It is not an area of business where you'd normally think of Novell providing the infrastructure. But business and retail transaction security is becoming a burgeoning business for the company that helped create the PC network.

[...]

While Novell's technology is being implemented into future ATM scanners found in grocery stores and retail outlets, consumers will not notice an increased level of difficulty, but Novell promises there are additional layers of security available that other companies haven't yet implemented.


Legacy



TechEncyclopedia adds an entry/article about NetWare, which is still alive and ubiquitous, but it gradually being phased out.

A family of network operating systems from Novell that support Windows, Macintosh, DOS and OS/2 clients. Unix client support is available from third parties. In the early 1990s, NetWare was the largest installed base of LAN operating systems (see Novell).


That's about all from the past week. One reader has expressed dissatisfaction with these weekly "Do-No-Evil Saturday" posts, so if one dislikes them, it's advised to omit them. It should be easy to filter them out and drop them in some newsreaders by matching the string "Do-No-Evil" (technically or mentally). These remain essential for studying Novell, identifying and understanding their behavioural patterns.

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