Robert Gogolen, president of EMF Inc., an integrator and the North American distributor for Tobit Software AG, a German fax software vendor, also thought Novells move to Linux was a good one, but he struck a cautionary note. "Linux is still not ready for the small to medium-sized business, where they still buy Microsoft Small Business Server and [at the high end] it wont replace AIX and Solaris." That said, Gogolen still thinks it was "a smart move. It cant help but to break them out of the perception that Novell is dying. Far too many people only looked at Novell being NetWare, and didnt look at its first-rate enterprise programs like ZenWorks and eDirectory."This weeks BrainShare is bringing together Novell customers, partners and employees, with more than 300 technical and business sessions, as well as hands-on lab training and testing. Messman kicks off the event Monday with a keynote outlining Novells strategic direction and highlighting initiatives around identity management, resource management, Web services and open source. Messman will address new advances in Linux management for the enterprise and Novells plans for Linux on both the server and the desktop. Leading proponents of enterprise Linux from Novell partners will keynote later in the week. Besides Novell, more than 50 leading technology companies, including IBM, Hewlett-Packard Co., Dell and Computer Associates International Inc., are sponsoring the event. Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and Ricoh are among the 15 sponsors participating in BrainShare for the first time. Check out eWEEK.coms Linux & Open Source Center at http://linux.eweek.com for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis. Be sure to add our eWEEK.com Linux news feed to your RSS newsreader or My Yahoo page:
The only possible downside that Gogolen sees is if "Novell confuses its customers by not making sure they get a clear message of where Novell is going and that both operating system kernels, NetWare and Linux, will be supported into the future."