Novell will release its new corporate Linux version, which merges its recently-acquired Linux applications, this autumn.
Novell purchased SUSE Linux this year, and the previous year picked up Ximian but has yet to merge the two companies' products or software.
The corporate Linux operating system, which is being called SUSE Linux Desktop, has at its core a version of SUSE Linux very similar to that offered with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. The GNOME interface and software is being offered - repackaged in the Ximian Desktop.
Novell predicts that Linux will be implemented extensively on PCs within 12 months, but Microsoft will offer competition with its Longhorn version of Windows.
Novell is still deciding what software will be included. Some companies and products, like RealNetworks and its popular media player, and Mono, the open-source clone of Microsoft's .Net infrastructure, have been confirmed; while other software integration - the Mozilla browser for example - is up in the air.
Written by LinuxWorld staff