Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Learn from history, or be doomed to repeat itIn an otherwise good post ("Identity management before the cloud (part one)"), Kim Cameron made what I considered a big bloomer: he equated the advent of networked PCs with the rise of Active Directory.
When I called him on it, he changed the post to include a nod towards Banyan Vines' StreetTalk and Novell's NDS as precursors of AD. Kim is an honorable man.
He also suggested I post something about those early days. So here it is.
In 1999, Banyan abandoned the Vines network system. This is what I wrote at the time.
Banyan recently announced that it would "transition out of network software" -a rather unique way of announcing that VINES, once the preeminent enterprise networking operating system, was dead.Novell then squandered the lead they had in directory services which brought Microsoft and AD to the forefront.
I could summarize Novell's progress, but Roger White did it much better than I in his book "Surfing the High Tech Wave: A story of Novell's early years, 1980-1990" which is available on line. It's a fascinating story told, warts and all, by someone who was there. You should read it, it's as engaging as Tracy Kidder's "Soul of a new Machine," another computer industry must read.
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