Last issue, I took apart the rumor that Sun might be about to acquire Novell by looking at what Sun would have to pay compared to the value of the products that it might get - and be able to use. Today, we'll look at some of the intangibles that might also be part of the deal.
I came across an interesting article in Network World's sister publication, InfoWorld, last month that looked at the future of NetWare (see link below). It didn't offer anything new from executives at Novell, quoting Novell CTO Alan Nugent to the effect that Novell will continue to support NetWare customers into the future. He and others have told me the same thing at various times. And, while it is an important commitment that Novell won't abandon customers the way Banyan did when it dropped the Vines networking software, it really means that Novell is not going to be improving or extending NetWare.
I saw the headline of a press release at Novell's Web site this morning that read: "Arkansas State Becomes First Novell 'Linux Center for Excellence'." Now as a longtime resident of Texas, I'd been taught that "Arkansas" and "Excellence" were two words that rarely showed up in the same sentence (the exception, of course, being "Arkansas game shows Excellence of Longhorn Football team"). That's a joke, son, don't flame me!