Unfinished Business Part 2: Closing the Circle
Subject:   Off-Topic
Date:   2003-07-16 19:46:32
From:   anonymous2
Response to: Off-Topic

You don't have to air your policies here, but after repeated issues with an author, you have to wonder how long your reputation can absorb such issues.

"Part of the blame rests with me -- I don't have the time at the moment to give every article the attention it deserves. "

You shouldn't have to...that's why you should have authors with credibility (see above).

"Reading through some of the links provided in other messages, I don't reach the same conclusions you do. There may be a big perceptual issue here. While Novell's been doing fine, fine work for years, Microsoft's the 800-pound gorilla and as NT 4.0 finally slouches off into the sunset, the upgrade path from NT domains seems to point to AD. Whether that's fair or right is not a question I want to answer."

It's not a question of what is "right." We all know that MS is a convicted monopolist and would love the public to "perceive" that everyone is moving to AD.

As for the perception of Novell eDirectory, I guess a question I would raise is...what more would you like to see? You had an author devote two articles to issues dealing with AD's lack of functionality with Linux integration and he made generalizations about its market the same time, you've had multiple replies that pertain to how people have already implemented multi-platform solutions with eDirectory. You also had someone post reference links to large company implementations. Do you think those companies are all one platform?

NT upgrades may "seem to point" to AD, but the issues with compatibility with multi-platform systems (while techically incorrect, you may refer to David's articles for more on this subject as it pertains to Linux) deem it to be improbable.

In addition, there were posted references to independent reports regarding the slow adoption of AD.

The only "perception" issue that I have seen in visiting this site is a continual denial of the prominence of eDirectory.

If nothing else, MS has repeatedly pushed the support date for NT4 back, which reflects that the majority of their customers do not want to rewrite their apps for W2k, and now W2003, much less attempt to implement AD.