Linux Desktop Vendors Show Worthy Alternatives

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Vista be damned. Novell, Red Hat and Ubuntu are showing the world that Linux is getting its desktop house in order.

Novell made its SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 desktop available in July, Ubuntu shipped a new version of its Debian-based distribution a few weeks ago and Red Hat will release its Enterprise 5.0 version early next year.

All come with the corporate staples -- e-mail clients, Web browsers and office productivity applications -- and with pleasing, easy-to-use interfaces. Installations have been simplified, and all sport networking hooks to back-end systems. The result is a Linux desktop ready for corporate computing.

And obviously Microsoft is noticing as evidenced by last week's historic partnership with Novell focused on Windows/Linux interoperability for both the server and desktop.

The agreement lends credibility to a shift among the Linux vendors away from a hostile takeover mentality to a more pragmatic approach of offering a smart alternative based on use case.

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