Engineer's take on Novell's new SuSE desktop, server, Linux roadmap

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Novell's new SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 (SLED 10) is beating Microsoft Vista to market by months, and the Xen virtualization features in the upcoming SuSE Enterprise Server are right on target. In short, Novell's Linux roadmap looks great. Now, can Novell get business customers to travel its road?

I was impressed by Novell's Linux strategy, particularly its decision to use a common code base for all supported versions of the operating system. As presented at the annual Novell BrainShare event last week in Salt Lake City, the code base will run across the desktop and server versions. The next release of Novell's premium server product, Open Enterprise (OES), will also be built on the same code base. This approach really makes sense from an overall maintenance and supportability standpoint. Updates to the core operating system and key applications will apply to both server and desktop.

The common code base approach also makes sense from an applications and integration perspective. It is really important for applications like the Beagle search tool. Beagle will function the same way on a server as it will on the desktop.

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