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Novell Launches New Desktop
many years of being in the server business, Novell
finally saved up enough money to get into the desktop business as well. Novell, the
once dominate network operating system, lost its led in the server operating
system market in the early to mid-90ís to a less expensive and easier to
use NT 4. (please, no hate mail) As what many saw as a last ditch
effort to save themselves, Novell pulled off a brilliant move by implementing
Linux as itís primary operating system. Now they have carried it over to
the office desktop arena. With the purchase os SUSE Linux sometime back, it isnít
any surprise that Novell would launch the SUSE desktopósome say that
Novell was long overdue for their own desktop, perhaps too overdue.
The new enterprise desktop has
all the Linux Open Source companions expected with all Linux groups;
OpenOffice, Mozillaís Firefox Web Brower, and the Gaim Instant messaging
client. In many opinions, Novell is the only real serious threat that
Microsoft has, since its adaptation to Linux. Other Linux attempts havenít
had enough backing or credibility. Lindows, or Linspire, has never seemed to
have the backing it needed by the Linux community for the office, and received much
criticism for the name game it was playing with Microsoftís Windows.
Personally speaking, I never understood the criticism as I have found the
product to be just what people need to switch from Windows to Linux. Other
Linux desktop OS's seems to have been more a novelty for network managers
than serious substitute for Windows in the workplace.
Price, and over confidence is
what lost Novell the number one spot in the past, perhaps time has humbled
them enough regain some of their marketshare back.
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