Novell is betting that its upcoming SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 will be the release that drives widespread business adoption of its Linux desktop, especially as it brings features like integrated desktop search, which is not yet found in its largest competitor, Microsoft's Windows.
In what is believed to be the first open source government contract in Australia of its kind, Novell has signed a deal with the NSW Department of Commerce to become an approved supplier of Open Source software and solutions.
I've been running the retail version on SUSE Linux 10.0 as my production desktop machine since early November. I like its online update facility; it's a great way to keep the system refreshed with the latest security and bug fixes, and I'm not the only one who feels this way. But I've found a few things in SUSE 10 that I'm not too fond of, and that make me start thinking about changing distros.
SUSE 10.1 beta 6 hit the mirrors yesterday and announcements went up all over the web. Seems everyone is following development of 10.1 with great interest. This release brings lots of improvements and a new surprize or two. Overall, we are starting to see the release the 10.1 will become.
"We are pleased with the continued improvement in the core business this quarter," he said in a statement. "Our growth businesses of Linux, Identity and Resource Management are performing well, and we believe we will continue to see growth throughout the fiscal year."
Novell reported yesterday that net income for the fiscal quarter ending 31 January 2006 reached $1.8m, down from $396m in the same period last year when the company reported high gains related to a settlement with Microsoft.
Why? That one thought kept echoing through my thoughts as I installed and ran SUSE 10.1 Beta 5. Around the net several articles entitled something to the effect of "SUSE releases two betas within 4 days" as if it was an accomplishment of 10.0 proportions! Some progress was made, but it reminded me of the old saying "2 steps forward and 3 steps back."
If you are feeling adventurous, the openSUSE project, which is creating the next generation of Novell Inc's SUSE desktop Linux and its SUSE Linux Enterprise Server variant, would love to get a little help from you testing out the new SUSE 10.1 Beta 4 release of the development version of the operating system.
The new installer is barely usable, it should be considered a pre-alpha, or more of a proof-of-concept: after you install the system, you can't do much with it!
System and network administrators and packagers alike may find a handy tool in y2pmsh, a shell interface for SUSE Linux's YaST2 package manager.
NOVELL seems to be tailoring its SUSE operating system so that it can take on Microsoft’s Vista. That could mean that Linux will get GUI features before Vista hits the shop.
Novell's new CTO Jeff Jaffe is very bullish on the outlook for the Linux desktop going forward, saying he believes it is on the cusp of a significant adoption wave.
Novell plans to release a beta for its Linux Desktop 10 including new features offering better interoperability with Microsoft Office and Open Office, said Ted Haeger, Novell Inc.'s director of user communities, at the Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE).
Novell Inc. is continuing to remake the way it sells and services SLES (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server). In its latest move, the company signed a new open source bundling license agreement with Hewlett-Packard Co. to offer customers a Linux solution on multi-processor HP servers -- the Enterprise Linux 9-License Value Pack.
A report by Gartner claims that Novell's stiffest competition for the small and medium business server space will come not from Microsoft, but Apple.
The Linux desktop is about to get a 3-D makeover courtesy of Novell.
Novell is contributing a new graphics subsystem called "Xgl" and the associated "Compiz" compositing manager to the granddaddy of all Linux and UNIX windowing infrastructures, X.org.