Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 6th Jul 2005 04:38 UTC
SuSE, openSUSE Novell Inc.'s SuSE Linux Professional 9.3 desktop gives not only other leading Linux desktop distributions a run for their money, but also enterprise desktops. Review is at eWEEK.
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Not an Enterprise Desktop
by rm6990 on Wed 6th Jul 2005 07:25 UTC
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IMHO, SUSE Professional would make an excellent SOHO desktop, and maybe even SOHO server solution. The thing is, I don't like the direction Novell is taking it. It used to be a little bit out of date but incredibly stable. Before SUSE was aquired by Novell, it was treated like a product. Now it seems that Novell thinks of it as a project. They still make the awesome documentation and nice boxes, but they are now cramming the latest bits of functionality into each new release, whether it is stable or not. And they are releasing it for download to get new users that will test the software that will eventually end up in SLES and Novell Linux Desktop.

I don't necessarily have a problem with this. Red Hat does it with Fedora....but Red Hat doesn't charge for Fedora either.

I bought 9.2, used it for a few weeks, and then switched distributions. I was extremely unimpressed with it. The Nvidia drivers in YOU broke, and for some reason the official Nvidia drivers from wouldn't install. Gnome wouldn't start. It was crashing more often than Windows. and RPM just seemed to stop functioning.

Of course, this is all just MHO. Other people could have way different experiences.

Anyways, on to the point of my story. No enterprise is going to reload a new version of SUSE onto their desktops every 2 years. They are going to want Red Hat Desktop or Novell Linux Desktop, with their longer support cycles.

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