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Linux for desktop should 'catch fire' by 2008

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Novell has launched the next version of its desktop Linux OS, a release the company hopes will begin a "viral" migration from Windows in the next several years, said Jeff Jaffe, chief technology officer for Novell.

Novell SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 (SLED 10) is the first version of Novell's desktop Linux that is "good enough" for enterprises to replace Windows in more than just limited deployments, Jaffe said.

"Our new SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop now meets the needs of the basic office worker," he said.

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Novell announced on March 9 that it has hired a new executive to run its Linux and open source business unit.

Roger Levy, formerly with Lucent Technologies, has been named general manager of the Open Platform Solutions business unit. He will report to Jeff Jaffe, executive vice president and CTO. At Lucent, Levy had held several executive development and business positions.

Levy will be replacing David Patrick, who will be pursuing interests outside of Novell.

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