3/9/2006

Novell Launches Next-Generation Linux Desktop

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 12:00 pm

Novell has introduced the next version of its desktop
Linux OS, a release the company hopes will begin a “viral” migration from Windows in the next several years, said Jeff Jaffe, executive vice president and chief technology officer for Novell.

Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 (SLED 10), launched at the CeBIT show here, is the first version of Novell’s desktop Linux that is “good enough” for enterprises to replace Microsoft’s Windows OS in more than just limited deployments, Jaffe said.

“Our new SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop now meets the needs of the basic office worker,” he said.

Jaffe acknowledged that desktop Linux has barely made a dent in the enterprise, though a migration from Windows to Linux on enterprise desktops has been predicted for years. However, he said that he expects enterprise pilots of SLED 10 to begin in earnest in late 2006.

Then, once companies realize how painlessly they can integrate a Linux desktop into an enterprise dominated by Windows, the trend to use Linux alongside or to replace Windows in the enterprise should catch fire by 2008, Jaffe said.

“I don’t think mass migrations will come until 2007, maybe 2008, but this is the year to really prepare for it,” he said.

Source: PCWorld

 

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