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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business machine specifications
by unclefester on Tue 23rd Jan 2007 09:53 UTC
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The vast majority of desktop corporate machines have hardware that works perfectly with any recent linux distro.

They *don't* use:

usb webcams
cheap usb printers
3D graphics
high end soundcards

They usually have low-mid range CPUs (~3GHz) moderate RAM (1GB) and integrated video, sound and LAN.

I can imagine in the near future many corporations removing all external mail and internet access for most workers due to the huge amounts of work time lost top these activities. Laptop access will probably also be severely restricted due to security and privacy risks.

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