Dunno why you can't, although the same question could be asked for NT, and
DCU *still* use Novell to run an NT network in their CA buildings, controls
the logons and all :o)
I might be wrong, but Novell, being specifically a file / logon / print
sharing OS means that it gets on with that whether the client is NT, *nix,
Win9x, Win3.x DOS BeOS, Mac etc., the network remains independant of the
actual clients using it (IMHO a good move). OK This increases Admin a bit,
but NW is arguably the best way to link all the above platforms on one
network using IPX or TCP giving everyone individual and common filespaces
and yet remaining cross platform. It is supported to the same level on all
platforms so one client won't be significantly disadvantaged WRT another
(see SMB sharing for an example '95 OSR1 can't reliably talk to OSR2 or '98,
nor can NT without the latest patches, then you've SAMBA, great but not
great enough yet)
Shoot me down if I'm seriously off here ....
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jennifer Alexander [SMTP:jalex at pop.austin.outernet.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, October 13, 1999 11:04
> To: John Gay
> Cc: ilug at linux.ie> Subject: Re: [ILUG] Novell netware and Linux?
>> I hate to continue on this no-brainer kick, but I from the point of view
> of someone who has relatively little experience with Novell (except a bit
> in migrations away from it to NT) I was just curious about something.
>> My immediate question was, why do you need Novell once you have migrated
> to Linux, or even during the process? I guess, though, I should
>> What does Novell networking provide that a Linux based system doesn't?
> Can one not set up file/directory/printer sharing systems that provide the
> same (better?) functionality, although implemented through different
> tools? For networks with Windows-based clients or for migrations,
> couldn't Samba create a lot of this functionality on a basis more familiar
> to the user?
>> Just curious, 'cause I don't know.
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