NetWare hell


Novell announced
the other day that their next version of SuSE Linux (called Open Enterprise Server)
will be able to run NetWare 6.5 as, essentially, a virtual machine. It also says
that “This release of OES also spells the end of NetWare as a separate operating
system”, so that you will only be able to run NetWare as a VM.

SQL Anywhere has been supported on NetWare since the beginning, and I have been
the sole NetWare developer on the engine team for most of the last ten years. With
this change, I don’t know if it makes sense to continue supporting NetWare, so
it’s possible that management will consider dropping NetWare as a supported
platform. This would be fine with me, since NetWare is a difficult operating
system to work with — the compiler is old and unsupported, the debugger is
flaky and slow, and there are lots of idiosyncrasies specific to NetWare that I
have to deal with.

The title of the above linked article is “Good-bye NetWare, hello, OES 2”, so
when viewing that page in Firefox, that’s what the title bar says. When I
minimized the Firefox window, I got this, which I thought was kind of appropriate:

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