Enterprise Unix Roundup: Linux Desktop Redux

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We'll admit to being cynical about the Linux desktop. We'll chalk it up to being tired of every year being described as The Year of the Desktop, with limited follow-through from both the ISV and user communities.

So when we saw that SUSE 10.1 went gold earlier this week, our first reaction was, "Isn't that old news?" followed by, "Oh, right — the desktop."

The release is actually a loooong-awaited addition to the SUSE product line. It follows three release candidates and a whole slew of beta releases.

Novell has become the market-share laggard in what has essentially become a two-horse race for Linux penetration in the enterprise. But with corporate Linux desktop use ranging from .24 percent to as high as 5 percent, depending on whom you ask (and if you ask us, we'd say 4 percent) there's ample room for a market leader to emerge.

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