Novell has released a preview version of its forthcoming SuSE Linux Enterprise system.
SuSE Linux Enterprise was expected to be commercially ready around the end of the second quarter of 2006, but its full launch has been delayed as a result of technical problems in the operating system's management system.
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The OS is based on OpenSuSE 10.1, a community-oriented distribution, which was where the technical problems were discovered.
Despite the problems, Novell has launched the preview in the hope that it will convince users to buy the commercial version, which is now scheduled for launch in mid-July.
The update comes with productivity suite OpenOffice.org 2.0, the Exchange-compatible Evolution 2.6 e-mail client, the Firefox 1.504 web browser, the GAIM 1.5 instant messaging client, and Beagle desktop search.
Novell says SuSE Linux Enterprise will offer users improved graphics and security features; the server edition also includes integrated virtualisation technology.
The desktop version will cost around £28 and there will be various licence models for the server edition.