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June 29, 2006

Novell SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop

Writing about web page http://www.novell.com/products/desktop/preview.html

So I have been a long time Linux fan, not because it is any "better" than Windows (whatever that means) but more because it wasn't windows. Hey, I didn't say I was going to be grown up about this did I :)

Anyways, whlist being a fan, I will freely admit that in terms of getting things done, windows is usually easier…there I have said it :) But that isn't really the point is it? I, along with most people also used Linux because it was so much more difficult than Windows, we wanted to find out what was happening beneath the shiny GUIs, we wanted to understand compiler flags and the funky command line etc. etc.

Anyways, what with other time commitments, my use of Linux has dropped off somewhat, but I have kept my eye on ubuntu and been very impressed with recent versions. Actually, to be more accurate, I have been impressed with debian package management (which ubuntu uses), XGL (a funky new GUI rendering architecture) and cool utils like tomboy (wiki like notetaking utility) and beagle (think google desktop indexing like utility)....but it is still more painful than it needs to be to install it and get it running.

Along comes Novell with their SuSE based Enterprise Desktop 10. They have completely redesigned the interface, replaced the desktop menu and managed to integrate all the "cool" things I mentioned before.

If you follow the link you will find a rather large video demoing their latest and greatest features (link). Well worth a look, but I suggest you turn the sound down as the American (I presume) narrator seems to take himself a bit too serious and gets right on my nerves :)


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