Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Another one bites the dust

Back in the day, when Ethernet was only 10 mbps and Arcnet was all the rage for NetWare networks, Network Computing was THE magazine to read. All of the big names in NetWare wrote for the mag at one time or another and none of it was fluff - it was always relevant. Sadly, NC is no more. At least the paper copy won't hit my mailbox every month any longer.

In these days of instant news, instant analysis and instant gratification, the monthly magazine - especially the monthly tech magazine - no longer seems relevant. Just another dinosaur headed for the tar pit. But we should pause and remember. We should remember the pioneering efforts of those who went before.

NC lingers on in an abbreviated on-line version, some of it's regular features have moved to Information Week, but it won't be the same. Still, it's to the credit of editor Art Wittmann and his crew that they held out this long in the face of the decimation of the technology press. Au revoir, NC, arriverderci, auf weidersehen.



Wednesday, October 10, 2007

NetWare goes virtual

Well, it's finally happened. NetWare is now virtual and Linux based. According to a story in The INQUIRER, Open Enterprise Server (OES) 2 was released yesterday "...has the NetWare operating system kernel, NetWare 6.5 SP7, running on top of the Xen hypervisor."

To say that NetWare is now merely a shadow of its former self is both trite, and true.