Novell's Linux desktop takes battle to Windows

Novell has started shipping Novell Linux Desktop 9, the latest version of its Linux desktop for enterprise users.

Novell has started shipping Novell Linux Desktop 9, the latest version of its Linux desktop for enterprise users.

The operating system provides a desktop platform based on open source software. It includes the Novell Edition of Open Office, providing a word processor, spreadsheet and presentation suite which Novell said is compatible with Microsoft Office file formats and the Mozilla Firefox web browser.

It also includes Novell Evolution, a collaboration client, which provides integrated e-mail, calendaring, contact management, and task lists in a single application.

System management is included via Zenworks Linux Management, allowing administrators to deploy, configure and manage desktops from a central location. Zenworks also offers control of software deployment, remote management, and updates and patch management.

Novell Linux Desktop 9 costs £27 per system, including upgrades and updates for a year.

Forrester research found that less than half of firms plan to replace Windows systems with Linux desktops.

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