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's commercial Linux distribution SLED (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop) is not the same as OpenSUSE. It also targets a different market similar to how Windows Vista Ultimate would be overkill for someone using it in the home.

Novell is correct that SLED does cost less for businesses than Microsoft's Windows Vista Ultimate which is including both tech support and the OS per client (workstation). SLED also works on older hardware unlike Windows Vista which has strict requirements to run it's eye candy effects causing it to behave more of a resource hog than Windows XP Progessional.

Novell's Linux solutions aren't the perfect solution for everyone and reason why they believe SLED can meet 90% of consumers requirements. For example Novell does need to work more closely with manufacturers like Logitech, D-Link, etc to get better driver support for webcams, wireless cards, etc. D-Link is reluctant to supply Linux drivers with their products even though there are manufacturers such as Linksys that do provide Linux support. To get a manufacturers support I find it's better to let the company know via email or phone call that you're going to start buying from their competitors unless the company starts providing real cross platform support. I recommend for consumers considering using either a Linux distribution or upgrading/purchasing Windows Vista should do some research to ensure you have driver support for the hardware you currently use. D-Link as pointed out doesn't provide Linux drivers and has recently notified me via email that they don't have a timeline on when drivers for Windows Vista will be released for their products. Logitech released a Windows Vista driver for the Logitech Orbit but I have yet to get it working properly on my test system.

Definitely some things to consider whether you're purchasing Windows Vista as an upgrade or with a new system. The same goes for those considering switching to Linux or switching Linux distributions. Don't believe all the hype no matter what OS you're considering using. It really is a "consumer beware" market.

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