As most of you know, the purchase of Novell by Attachmate was finalized this week. This of course has prompted a lot of speculation about how this affects ongoing development of things like GroupWise. In an interview with Attachmate’s CEO Jeff Hawn, some very interesting comments were made (read the entire article here).
For legacy Novell Netware customers, Attachmate expects to restore commitments to support Netware versions in which support was due to be discontinued. “Our philosophy is not to force customers to move from anything,” Hawn said. Netware, he said, has “still got a very large, a very loyal installed base and we intend to continue to focus on meeting their needs whether that’s in additional offerings on the road map, additional support offerings and the like.”
“We are not discontinuing any products,” Hawn said. Existing Novell road maps remain intact, he said.
I for one see this as very positive news. Not so much that I believe people should stubbornly stick to NetWare when other options might be better, but because I do believe that the attitude of doing “what’s best for the customer” is a return to some “legacy” values of the Novell we all fell in love with 20+ years ago.
And of course, the news that no products are being discontinued is good news. We all know that GroupWise Ascot will be going into private beta this summer, and the news that Attachmate intends to continue to support and enhance the Novell/Suse line is very encouraging.
This coupled with the return of Novell’s headquarters to Provo makes me smile!