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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Though the number of commercial applications is still rather low, there's free good-quality open-source replacements for almost anything missing in commercial world.

But a lot of people don't want to learn new apps or deal with differing file formats. And when you get into business apps like CRM and accounting, there is very little choice for Linux as yet. Even Open Source solutions like Sugar CRM concentrate on Windows clients.

And where do you see those "complex UNIX underpinnings"? What do you even exactly mean? That is works differently than Windows? Sure, it works differently. It's a different OS.

I imagine that "complex UNIX underpinnings" takes in stuff like the whole raft of commands that are completely different to DOS/NT -- and the fact that in a lot of distros there is no equivalent to "safe mode" for when things go wrong. Xandros does it better, and Red Hat tries, but SUSE/Mandriva/etc don't. Also there is the fact that what works in one distro doesn't work in another (e.g. in Red Hat "shutdown" only works as root, in other distros ordinary users can run it).

Sure it's a different OS: the real issue is that the tools such as YaST/RedHat system-config-*/MCC are immature compared to Windows' GUI config tools.

The audio and video works just fine, though you still didn't specify anything.

Probably this refers to the fact that there are two kernel-level sound systems (ALSA, OSS), and different frameworks for KDE and GNOME. This causes headaches on many distros. You mention this yourself later on.

About the learning curve...just sit a non-experienced user in front of a computer with Linux installed in it, and I'm sure he or she would learn rather quickly to point and click..It's not any more difficult than Windows.

True, but 90%+ of the market for Linux (business users etc) have learned on Windows. The majority of potential customers know Windows and need to be catered for.

Hmm. Strange. I have had quite a lot of trouble trying to get some soundcards work in Windows, and you still seem to consider it desktop-ready.

Windows makes it easy to install third-party drivers. Linux does not. Even if there are third-party drivers available for a given distro, they have to be recompiled and re-released every time there is a new kernel (errata or upgrade). Bad news for vendors and users. Meanwhile on Windows, a driver released for XP in 2001 still works on XP SP2 almost five years later. Can you imagine that on Linux?

I just noticed someone complaining that Photoshop isn't available for Linux...Well, I have used it with CrossOver under Linux.

But why should people have to pay extra for Photoshop on Linux when chances are they've already paid the Microsoft Tax and can run it on Windows for "free"?

-- For the record, SUSE Enterprise Desktop looks pretty cool and I think that with features like XGL and the VB Macro importer it will make some headway in the corporate world. But there are still problems.

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