Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 15th Jun 2006 02:20 UTC
SuSE, openSUSE Microsoft's delay with the release of Windows Vista has left enough wiggle room for other players to pursue the desktop operating system market. An old Microsoft rival, Novell, is angling to seize the day with the release of SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10, a desktop OS geared to beat Vista in cost, manageability and features.
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Yes, no, somewhat
by grat on Thu 15th Jun 2006 04:01 UTC
grat
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2006-02-02

Depends on what you mean by "take on"... I read the article, and they were generally positive about SuSE; The main complaints are with application support-- Not that Linux, and SuSE don't have it, but that finding the right package (and format) isn't entirely trivial.

Interestingly, what they bashed Vista repeatedly for was compatibility-- a lack of drivers, difficulty installing on various PC's, and of course, lack of application support (either missing, or single "choice", being the Microsoft app).

Of course, there are a lot of third party applications for windows, and I'm sure many of them will be available under Vista too.

Now, the question that should be asked, is "Are there situations where SuSE Enterprise is a valid alternative to Windows Vista?"-- And the answer, in my opinion, is yes. Doesn't mean SuSE is a wholesale replacement for Vista, but it's good enough, especially in comparison with XP, to get people's interest.

As for hardware issues, the only one I've ever had is my primary machine's BIOS doesn't play nice with the K8 powersave functionality, so I have to disable powersaved.

Other than that, both 32 bit and 64 bit has been fine (although ZMD/libzypp is only just now at the point where it doesn't irritate me. I still use 'rug' for the majority of my package management).

Neither linux, nor Mac OSX are going to "replace" Vista in all, or even most, situations. But if they're a viable alternative, I'll continue using them.

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