Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 20th Mar 2008 21:43 UTC
SuSE, openSUSE The next version of Novell's Suse Linux Enterprise Server will focus on migration technologies and virtualisation, in order to entice users from Unix and take market share from Red Hat, according to a roadmap announced at the company's BrainShare meeting in Salt Lake City. Version 11 of SLES is not due until the middle of 2009, but Novell has announced six main 'themes' for the release, including mission critical servers, virtualisation, interoperability, green IT, Unix migration and desktop Linux. Speaking of SUSE, openSUSE 11.0 alpha 3 has been released.
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RE: Nothing of Consequence
by elsewhere on Fri 21st Mar 2008 06:32 UTC in reply to "Nothing of Consequence"
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""We have several flagship customers with 20,000 to 30,000 desktops based on Linux," he said.

That's absolutely nothing. The only way you will circumvent the OEM channel that Microsoft controls is to create a freely available desktop distribution that will have a chance of creating a desktop market for you.

Don't confuse the consumer market with the commercial market. Enterprises don't care about OEM preloading. More often than not, they image systems themselves before deploying anyways. And if they've decided to deploy linux, they've done so after testing it against their hardware. They don't leave installation and configuration issues up to the users.

They also don't want freely available desktops. They're quite happy to pay a fee for them, because they want a number to call if something goes wrong, and they don't want to rely on everyone running apt-get update daily to make sure the systems are patched and stable.

What they care about is manageability, supportability, and the availability to minimize workflow disruption for things like application compatibility. The first two points are easily addressed, the third one is where linux still is weak. Not as weak as it once was, but I'll be the first to admit that linux still has challenges there.

Pre-loading is really irrelevant in this space, though. Having systems tested and certified for compatibility carries far more weight, and the tier-1s already do that.

"...expanded partnership between Novell and SAP, especially focussed around Intel-based systems for the SME market, said Steinman. "This announcement makes it clear that Suse is SAP's Linux platform," he said.

SAP are trying to sell to the SME market? Excuse me while I get back on my chair.

Everybody is targeting the SME market. Execution is a completely different argument, and many of the enterprise-class ISV's are failing miserably, but they're all still trying to get a piece of that pie.

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