Lotus officially confirmed last week that it would drop support for NetWare in Domino, while adding support for Linux.
A Linux version of Domino is expected by the end of the year.
The move reflects the feelings of many users that NetWare is increasingly irrelevant to Notes installations.
Running Domino on a dedicated NetWare server is the only way to get it to run smoothly, according to George MacDonald, technical specialist at global IT consultancy Bond Technologies. "NetWare is the worst platform for Notes," he said. "It's very memory consuming, unstable, and needs a dedicated server. NT does file and print better than NetWare does app serving."
Simon Moores, chairman of the Lotus User Group, said that interest in NetWare as an application server platform for Notes has disappeared. "NetWare, from a Notes admin's point of view, has become a non-issue," said Moores.
But Derek Venter, Novell's marketing development manager, claimed that Lotus would change its mind, as NetWare is doing better than NT. "At the time of the original decision to drop NetWare (almost two years ago), Lotus was under pressure to cut costs," he argued. "But IDC's recent server operating environment report shows NT sales growing by only 10% compared to NetWare's 34%. NetWare and NDS are important in a Notes environment.
It would cost you substantially more to do it with NT."
Jim Moffat, Lotus product marketing manager, agreed that Notes works well on a NetWare network, but said that running it on a NetWare server is not what customers want. Moffat argued that Linux is more appropriate as a Domino platform. "NetWare is the old story, Linux the new," he said.
Moores added: "There is a rise in interest in Linux among Exchange and NT users. As a person who runs both Exchange and Notes User Groups, the growth in interest in Linux is remarkable."
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