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Oct 09, 2007 Good-bye NetWare, hello Linux: Novell Open Enterprise 2.0
Novell's long journey from NetWare to Linux is finally complete. On Oct. 8, Novell released Open Enterprise Server 2 to its customers worldwide.

Shortly after acquiring SUSE and its enterprise-focused Linux distribution, Novell announced that its follow-on to NetWare 6.5 would ship as a set of network services that could run atop the NetWare and the Linux kernel, OES (Open Enterprise Server) 1.0.

OES, which began shipping in April 2005, was the first major step in Novell moving NetWare's services from its native operating system to Linux.

Now, with OES 2.0, the NetWare operating system kernel, NetWare 6.5 SP7, is still there if you run it, but it runs on top of the Xen hypervisor. You can also run the NetWare services, or a para-virtualized instance of NetWare, on top of Xen with the SLES (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server) 10 SP 1 kernel. So, if you're wedded to NetWare and its way of doing things, you don't have to wave good-bye to it.

Management tools such as ConsoleOne, iManager and Novell Remote Manager are still present and work the same as ever. You can also use Linux management utilities and terminal programs.

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