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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RE: Hehehe
by grat on Fri 24th Mar 2006 13:38 UTC in reply to "Hehehe"
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Assume I'm a company and I wanna buy software (OS) for our computers (client side ones). Now in one corner is classic MS products which I know, we're familiar with, which have all the software necessary for regular office use. And there's a contender which is also preinstalled and also charge money, without all software on the market. Geeee that's a tough nut to crack.

Now add a central management console that allows you to push out updates, lock down the desktop, and monitor those systems, without crippling them.

Novell and Dell are also combining Zenworks with OpenManage to produce a management system-- I realize OpenManage is primarily for servers, but there's no reason not to expand it to business desktops.

Finally, from an IT manager's point of view, having a desktop that's largely immune to 99.9% of the virii, worms, and trojans out there, eliminates a large percentage of support issues. Worst case, you restore the user's home directory from backups, because that's all they were able to trash.

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