OK. In the world we live in, there is only one company making money off operating systems. No, it isn’t Apple. There is NO future for Novell in the OS business. No matter what they do to Linux.
The future is in network services. I think it is too late for Novell to make the shift. Of course, I am an optimist, I often (not always) say it is never too late. But Novell better figure it out soon. They’ve been stumbling for 10 years.
Novell’s giant killer: Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 10
14 August, 2006
I’m rather impressed. Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) 10 is designed to do just that – impress the user from the start, with a smooth and (mostly) simple experience that will satisfy the secretary through to the MD. It does still have some areas to work on, however.
The installation is pretty straight-forward for anyone who’s done a Linux installation before. In terms of looks, it’s very professional and definitely is more reminiscent of a Novell installation than a typical Linux install. On the down-side, the install process is very long, and a little more complex than necessary. Compared to Ubuntu Dapper’s install (a comparison I’ll make often since it’s my current desktop), it’s a lot more admin.
But I can understand Novell’s thinking behind it – this is an enterprise product, so the installer is most likely going to be a member of the IT department. The best part about the install is that once the IT guy has gone through the long install once, he can create an install profile and roll it out on multiple machines. So theoretically, the pain will only happen once.