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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Novell could be half right
by abraxas on Mon 22nd Jan 2007 17:21 UTC
abraxas
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2005-07-07

The costs of running a Windows Vista workstation definitely eclipses Novell's desktop by a wide margin if you include security applications and productivity applications. The only problem I see with Novell's statement is that it is very hard to measure functionality and it could vary widely amongst different users. Novell could provide a complete (100%) replacement for many users (maybe even most users) while for some users it wouldn't even contain 50% of the functionality of Vista. The real issue isn't the OS, it's the applications. Linux provides very good replacements for a lot of Windows applications but there is still some specialty software out there that doesn't have a Linux equivalent.

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RE: Novell could be half right
by netpython on Mon 22nd Jan 2007 17:33 in reply to "Novell could be half right"
netpython Member since:
2005-07-06

Linux provides very good replacements for a lot of Windows applications but there is still some specialty software out there that doesn't have a Linux equivalent.

The opposite is also valid.Correct me if i'm wrong but Nero burning still isn't compatible with Vista.So k3b doesn't have a windows competitor at the moment.

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

The opposite is also valid.Correct me if i'm wrong but Nero burning still isn't compatible with Vista.So k3b doesn't have a windows competitor at the moment.

Ummm, the latest version of Nero (v7 I think) is now Vista ready, so you guys can shut up about Nero already ;)

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abraxas Member since:
2005-07-07

The opposite is also valid.Correct me if i'm wrong but Nero burning still isn't compatible with Vista.So k3b doesn't have a windows competitor at the moment.

Nero isn't a specialty application. There are many burning applications out there. I'm talking about applications that talk to specialty hardware and things of that nature. For example I have a friend who makes signs and he has to use Windows to support Corel Draw and the application that takes the Corel files and sends them to the vinyl cutting machine to be cut. I haven't found a Linux equivalent for that application yet.

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DrillSgt Member since:
2005-12-02

"The opposite is also valid.Correct me if i'm wrong but Nero burning still isn't compatible with Vista.So k3b doesn't have a windows competitor at the moment."

Actually Nero runs great on Vista, as they had the Vista version out a couple months ago. It does require an upgrade, so your old version will not work, but Nero works fine.

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RE: Novell could be half right
by zerohalo on Mon 22nd Jan 2007 18:47 in reply to "Novell could be half right"
zerohalo Member since:
2005-07-26

True. So much depends on the business/industry in question and the applications that they need. A lot of businesses nowadays are wisely building server-side apps thereby only requiring their clients to use a browser. For those, a switch is easy.

For companies with special demands that are not met by apps available on Linux (ie, graphic design), there's no point in switching to Linux. However, even in those cases, you could still have a Linux server, with employees who don't need to run the Windows-only software running Linux, and then just buy Win licenses for the workstations that need them. Of course where that's a smart move or not depends on the configuration of the company and how many workstations are needed for which tasks.

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RE: Novell could be half right
by twenex on Tue 23rd Jan 2007 05:11 in reply to "Novell could be half right"
twenex Member since:
2006-04-21

The only problem I see with Novell's statement is that it is very hard to measure functionality and it could vary widely amongst different users.

That's true - but it's also why Novell concentrated on the cost argument. Bean counters care about the bottom line, so (as many testimonials have shown) it doesn't really matter to them if users and administrators have to be constantly interrupted by/on-hand to deal with Windows problems, as long as they get a sweet deal from Microsoft to switch from $OTHEROS to Windows.

Novell, et al, are turning the cost equation, which has historically favoured Windows, on its head.

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