Linux vendor Caldera last week released NetWare for Linux 1.0, in an attempt to push the free operating system further into the corporate IT market.
The product follows similar recent announcements from major software vendors. Last month, Oracle, Computer Associates and Informix announced the porting of their flagship databases to Linux, and Netscape announced it is to port its SuiteSpot server range to Linux, starting with the Messaging and Directory servers in the first quarter of 1999.
Caldera's NetWare for Linux 1.0 offers native support for NetWare file, print and directory services, including NetWare 4.10b-compatible file services, a Linux NetWare client and an NDS server. It is compatible with NetWare clients running on Windows 95 and 3.1, DOS, Linux, Macintosh and UnixWare, and has the ability to forward NetWare print jobs to a Linux-hosted printer.
Linux already includes support for the Macintosh Appletalk protocol, and integrates with NT networks using the built-in Samba protocol. Linux also includes a free NetWare emulator, Mars_nwe, which offers similar functions to the Caldera software, but without the NDS support. Mars_nwe is a reverse-engineered NetWare emulator, and the lack of NDS support means that it will not fit into a NetWare 4.x environment.
"Mars_nwe acts as a NetWare 3.x server, not NetWare 4.x," said Bob McCormick, a computer consultant for Dimensional Data Company. "NDS support would enable the Linux-NetWare servers to smoothly integrate into an existing NetWare network. You could, for example, easily replace your old NetWare servers one by one with Linux-NetWare servers. NetWare is a dying standard anyway; the Linux-NetWare product makes Linux more appealing than NT as a platform to migrate to."
A three-user version of NetWare for Linux 1.0 is available for free from Caldera's Web site (www. caldera.com/products/netware/). One additional user licence costs $95 (#58), a five-user licence costs $450 (#274), a 25-user licence costs $1,875 (#1,143), and a licence for 50 users is $2,750 (#1,677).
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