November 13, 2003

Novell blew my mind

First of all, I have to say, jocelyn from ximian gave an excellent presentation today, it was quite informative too because I have never used XD2, just seen pictures and a bit of it in action.

Secondly, this novell roadshow was amazing, not only did the novell parts amaze me, but it was incredible to see how integrated ximian was into their business model after only two months. It will be even better to see the actual results of this integration.

Basically, I took a couple things away from it:

1) Novell is 100% committed to open source and linux.

2) Novell is 100% committed to interop between linux and their existing product base. This includes a new evolution connector for Groupwise, and support for iFolders, and all the important pieces of Netware6.5 being run AND consumed on linux.

3) Novell is 120% committed to mono, i mean really really stoked about it. They are planning some products using it (apparently), and the techish guy I spoke to said that all the developers inside Novell are drooling over this wonderful piece of tech. His exact words were: 'They talk about it like it's the holy grail or something of that magnitude'. This was excellent for me to hear, as it affirmed that a project I love wont be polluted by a big company trying to make it something that, well, for the lack of a better word, just plain sucks

Obviously I'm pretty stoked about this stuff here, and we, at my company, are looking at using groupwise instead of exchange in the near future (when it becomes stable enough to host it on a linux environment, and when the groupwise connector comes out. All in all, it was an amazingly informative use of a morning especially as it came with free food and a potential business client.

Posted by tberman at 09:46 PM | Comments (1)

November 11, 2003

GAC and Novell Roadshow

Yesterday I started hacking on the gacutil.exe a bit, got it installing assemblies into the gac. Then for some reason, my vmware/reiserfs decided to eat my .cs file completely. The source became some sort of combination of binary data and my text, as well, the exe became a similar strange combination. Oh well, anyway, I have already re-created the work I did last night, minus the pretty help stuff, so the work continues at a good pace.

On Thursday, I am going to the Toronto Novell Seminar/RoadShow/whatever thing. For me, it is pretty amazing, 7 years ago I went to something similar by Novell when they were a company that I was paying attention to. Then, for some reason, they dropped completely off my radar. Now, in the last couple months Novell has come to the front of my attention again with their smart buys of Ximian and SuSE. Hopefully this seminar will be interesting, and I can get some kind of idea of the direction Novell hopes to take SuSE in.

Any Toronto area Mono users/developers/etc heading to this thing, drop me a line, and maybe we can hook up a bit, grab some food or something and wax mono.

Posted by tberman at 12:12 PM | Comments (0)

November 02, 2003


Nope, I didnt go, but yes, I have been reading and looking at all the new information. Still digesting, hopefully I can get a good idea of what is going on and what is new and give a nice update mid-week or so.

Posted by tberman at 11:13 PM | Comments (1)