Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Mar 2006 00:07 UTC
Novell and Ximian Novell is talking to a number of OEMs about getting its upcoming SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 preinstalled on the hardware systems they ship. But while Ron Hovsepian, Novell's president and chief operating officer, said the company had nothing to announce in this regard at its annual BrainShare conference here, Novell is talking to a number of key vendors like Dell in this regard. "I know there is an opportunity here and we are working on the how and the when," he said in a media and analyst question and answer session. The delay of Vista could not have come at a better time for Novell, in this regard.
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Enterprise Linux
by asupcb on Fri 24th Mar 2006 09:35 UTC
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The software we are talking about here is Novell "Enterprise" Linux not "Home" edition or "Media Center." This is going after large enterprises who have IT Departments to manage such things. This software is not being being promoted for home usage. I suppose you could use it as such but it will be geared for enterprise usage and not my grandmother. This is not Linspire's market it is Xandros's.
Frankly, application support is a chicken and egg problem because it is difficult for the Linux Desktop Market to develop without commercial software support but commercial software developers don't want to misinvest valuable resources into a port with no market.
If Novell Enterprise Linux can get on even 2% of desktops that would be huge. Do you know how many millions of desktops that would represent? According to recent figures placing the market of PCs at 660 Million that would be 13.2 Million desktops. That should be a large enough market to interest more commercial software developers.

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