Linux Breaks New Ground in the Enterprise

With the release of SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10, Novell thinks desktop Linux is finally mature enough for the masses. At recent LinuxWorld events, the company announced it is hoping to have around 50 corporate desktop Linux pilot projects running in time to give customers a viable alternative to Windows Vista. It's just the thing -- or one of the things -- the OSDL Desktop Linux Working Group has been working toward.


In another first, HP has agreed to support the Debian Linux distro packaged on Proliant and blade servers. Debian is a nice fit for organizations with some Linux experience, according to a heise online piece covering the announcement.


And lest you think the world of mobile workers is left out, Lenovo announced it will be pre-loading Novell's SuSE Linux Enterprise on certain ThinkPad laptops.


Thus, for the first time, IBM will support Linux for mobile PC users, though Novell will remain responsible for core operating system support. The move appears to be part of Big Blue's "aggressive" new open source strategy.

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