You may not be ready to welcome Linux onto your organization's desktops, but that doesn't mean that desktop Linux isn't ready for you.
eWEEK Labs reviewed Canonical Ltd.'s Ubuntu 5.10 and Novell Inc.'s SUSE Linux 10.0, both of which began shipping in October, and we were impressed by the maturity, polish and, yes, innovation that these Penguin banner bearers displayed.
Novell's SUSE Linux has long been one of our favorite distributions. Release 10.0-the first from Novell to ship in freely available as well as boxed retail editions-impressed us enough with its completeness and usability to earn an Analyst's Choice award.
Ubuntu 5.10, also known by the code name Breezy Badger, is the third in a line of Ubuntu releases that has grown to become one of the most prominent Linux distributions available on the strength of a solid foundation in Debian GNU/Linux and a tight focus on desktop usability.
Both distributions are well worth further investigation, and both are available in LiveCD form, so you can take them for a spin on prospective hardware to get a feel for how well they'll suit your needs and support your hardware.
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