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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its simple:
by naelurec on Thu 15th Jun 2006 22:32 UTC
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Short Answer: No

Slightly Longer Answer: Not really.

Windows is management safe. People know it, its taught in school, MCSE's are a dime a dozen and there is a lot of application and device support. IT people like it because a solution such as "we need to reformat/reinstall" is valid and accepted on Windows.

In addition, the culture around *nix is to minimize the amount of system administration required. Virtually the entire process of installing a system, monitoring, updating, etc can be scripted. In addition, duplicating this effort across dozens or hundreds of machines is quite easy resulting in less need for IT staff.

IT staff have no motivation to switch. They would have to learn an entire new skillset, be responsible for more machines and as a result, team members would no longer be required.

Management doesn't like it because of 3rd party vendor support.. its largely non-existant for a lot of established applications and tools. Sure you *might* be able to get things to run in Wine or some other emulation, but that ends up axing support. Needless to say, management doesn't like this.

To top it off, I can't go out and buy a machine that is certified to work with SLED. I can't go to Dell or HP, etc and get those machines and the support to go along with it.

SLED/Linux on the desktop put me on an island. While it could be considered technically superior (lower administrative costs, more flexible in deployment options, better default security, etc..) until there is more OEM and application support (ie apps that companies have been using for YEARS and have tons of data stored in propietary formats) it is not a very exciting alternative.

Granted, I'd LOVE to see this change. It would be great to see more apps being cross platform and more hardware certified for the OS (with manufacturer support for optimized drivers, etc..). However, until that happens, it will continue to be deligated to certain markets.

Fortunately the utility of *nix systems continues to grow and expand. There is no real rush to get market dominance. It will continue to slowly become an option for more and more people and businesses. It will be good.

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