Daily Archives: 22 December 2004

The Last Barriers to Linux

I see that OpenOffice 2.0 is slowly making its way towards a March release date. There are some daily builds for those who are fool hardy adventurous and would like to test the latest, greatest OOdom has to offer.

I am eagerly awaiting the day I no longer need to use MS Office. Once that barrier is gone, the only one left is getting access to our Lotus Notes mail server via IPX running on Novell. I haven’t taken a look at connecting to a Novell server via Linux lately and I don’t know if I want to (getting IPX under Linux used to mean re-compiling the kernel. While that isn’t something that difficult to do, it isn’t something, in my opinion, I should have to do).

But it might be interesting to see if I could do it (I’ve done it before years ago but that was when there was a Linux-based client from Novell) and then run the Notes client under CrossOver. Hmmm. Something to think about for the New Year. If that was successful, I could switch to Xandros 3.0 and be done with it.

In doing some research for this post, I noticed that Novell may be working on releasing a Novell Client for Linux. You can read a little about it here from NetworkWorldFusion. Apparently, the client will be released early next year. Unfortunately, it looks like both the client and server must have some software installed. Since this would take time, I don’t think our IT people will be spending that much time doing this on every server we have. Hence, this might not be a solution for us.

But if we can get this software working, it would clear the final barrier keeping me from switching to Linux.