Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Jan 2007 16:56 UTC, submitted by Robert
Novell and Ximian Novell might have signed a patent and interoperability deal with Microsoft Corp but it is not about to give up competing with the software giant and last week released a study that suggests its Linux desktop product is better value than Windows Vista. The company's competitive guide compares SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop with Windows Vista and claims that the Linux product provides 90% of Vista's functionality and 10% of the price.
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I think a lot of complaints about Linux usability stem from Windows power users who get frustrated by the fact that their acquired knowledge is now useless.

That's why we hear so much comments like "I won't learn about computers a second time just to use Linux". The problem is that the average user thinks that he/she knows about computers just because someone else explained them how to burn a CD with Nero. So, when moved to a different platform, they suddenly find out that they don't have a single clue. Is this their fault? No. This is what happens when you have a monopoly: most people think that Windows' way is the only and better way of doing things.

Now, leaving the dead horse alone, I think that SLED 10 is a great contender for Vista: in fact, it might beat Vista on performance / hardware requirements. The UI isn't that different from Windows and works nicely.
They both would be way more suited for the enterprise without fancy graphics, though. You don't need XGL+Compiz / Aero Glass to use a freaking spreadsheet or a database frontend.

But I agree, there's a lot to keep in mind when deciding the OS your bussiness will use for a very long term besides price.

Edited 2007-01-22 19:48

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