InfoWorld: Inside the new Novell: July 09, 2004: By Neil McAllister : NETWORKING
�You don�t hear complaining about NetWare 6; you don�t hear complaining about ZENworks,� says Laura DiDio, an analyst at The Yankee Group and a longtime Novell-watcher. �Certainly eDirectory, from a technical perspective, is still more advanced than Active Directory. The issue, though, is that as Novell�s fortunes have waned, the developer community has pretty much abandoned them.�
Hmmm... interesting... eDirectory could be something like Active Directory for Linux. It seems to me that Novell is in a position where they have there own OS now, and there own Desktop software (Ximian) and once they can port all thier networking stack over to Linux, they will have an OS that will compete with Microsofts Windows Server line, and will have administration and networking utilities that will far surpass those offered in Windows, in terms of ease, stability and features. They have, after all, been working with Networking since 1983. All they needed was an underlying OS of their own, and they have that with Linux.