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Novell ships new Linux enterprise edition

Tash Shifrin

Novell has announced the worldwide launch of its SuSE Linux Enterprise 10 operating system after a delay to sort out technical glitches.

The enterprise product had been expected to be commercially available by the end of the second quarter of 2006, but was released as a preview version only after technical problems were found in OpenSuSE 10.1, a community-oriented distribution, on which it is based.

SuSE Linux Enterprise Server is designed to offer an open foundation for server workloads including edge and infrastructure computing, enterprise database deployment, line-of-business applications and mission-critical software applications.

SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop is designed to be easy to use and includes new features such as Xgl graphics, integrated search and an office productivity suite – the Novell edition of OpenOffice.org 2.0.

Novell is aiming to tap into increasing interest in open source products from businesses. Recent research by analyst firm Gartner suggests that 95% of the Forbes Global 2000 companies will have formal open source acquisition and management strategies by 2008. Linux is the most widely used open source software and  the most popular operating system for enterprises.

Last month, Novell launched a SuSE Linux Enterprise training course delivered on a USB memory stick, which it claimed was an industry first.

The SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 First Class course gives users a first look at the upcoming SUSE Linux Enterprise 10, including both the new server and desktop products.

 

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