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Is the Linux desktop for me?


March 18, 2009 11:54 am





Customers are looking for ways to be more flexible and save money. Using Linux offers a great solution – but there are still some questions. For example: Linux OS might save me money, but isn’t it hard to use? Can end users in my company be as productive with Linux? Isn’t it easier for me to purchase laptops or desktops with Windows? Watch Grant Ho’s latest video for answers to these common questions.

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  1. By:Steven DuChene

    It is VERY difficult to purchase Linux on systems from Dell and in many cases they refuse to sell it or try to talk customers out of purchasing Linux so you do yourself no service by including a mention of Dell as one of your preferred hardware partners.

  2. By:Thys


    Yes I agree with Steven, and i think it is worse in ZA .. you cannot buy hardware with linux on..near to impossible…and if you do is mostly on netbooks (and not even cheaper than the windows one, in fact the sepc are lower than for the windows box) with ubuthu or linpus or something like that!!!…REALLY frustrating … Then to get 3g working on that…do ge tme started!!!…

  3. By:Kevin Foster, Global Alliances Marketing Manager

    We have heard that some of you have had difficulties trying to purchase a pre-loaded Linux desktop. We hear your frustration, but we do believe that the Linux industry has come very far in a relatively short time regarding pre-loads. It was only three years ago that the demand from loyal Linux customers led OEMs to recognize that Linux is a definite player in the OS industry.

    While it is not perfect yet, we are continuously striving to improve the process. We have created and delivered detailed training to the OEM sales forces and call centers on how to handle calls regarding Linux. And, we are continuing to work with our partners to offer pre-loaded Linux desktop computing solutions. In fact, just last month, HP announced that their newest business notebook HP ProBook s-series will be pre-installed with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 from Novell.

    As you mentioned the netbook, you may be interested to know that just today (7 May 2009), we announced with Intel our collaborative efforts to improve the mobile computing experience on these devices. This is just another way that Novell is working to bring Linux to the masses.

  4. Well, the way I see it, Linux don’t have to be pre-installed. Linux is easy and free to get, the only problem is maybe the drivers. I use Ubuntu Linux on some of our school computers. It is easy to install and the GUI is not so much different from Microsoft Windows.

  5. By:LP

    Actually the video didn’t show anything that I can’t real about so I wasn’t impressed. Perhaps the one of the most critical things that never seems to get addressed by the linux guys that is of great concerns to net admins is the ability or lack of ability to apply policies. It’s all great and it saves money upfront but what are the costs of not being able to apply policies as seemlessly as windows.

  6. By:Daryl

    I can’t speak for Suse but I have been running Ubuntu for the last 4 years as both a home solution and professional solution.
    Wanna talk ease of use? I had grown so tired of repairing my families issues with spyware adware and virus’s that I moved my wife, kids, grandparents, friends, and parent in-laws to Linux and they all LOVE it! Some have been getting their friends and neighbors to try it.
    When I started using linux in a professional environment I had alot of concerns like LP, and I was glad to say that the last 2 releases of Ubuntu does in fact support group policy. And wioth Apps like Wine I’ve found very little buiesness apps that could NOT be installed in linux.

  7. By:Pat

    The above view was good, however, if the intentions is to begin enticing the user community to move from Windows to Linux. I would recommend expending this video and show how easer is to use this operating system when lunching user applications, accessing the file system, installing applications and setting file security.

  8. By:Mark Tristan

    Why’s this a video? Almost nothing in it is visual. I was hoping to see demos of Linux desktop in action. I was disappointed.

  9. By:Chris

    I saw a mention about not being able to provide policies. Linux provides a number of different ways to apply policies appropriate to various environments. It does not DICTATE a specific way, which provides flexibility for the administrators. The Linux approach is different from what you would find in Windows, and it’s one of the areas where it’s harder to provide a direct mapping from the Windows way to the Linux way.

    Very little digging will provide answers for localized and enterprise-wide policy management.

  10. By:Anders

    There must be some VD level information, which this is. But you have to make your partners show higher profile for Linux on PCs for personal and proffesional use.
    As it is now, it is hard to locate any information, if it’s even there. As with Dell, they don’t even have the option to buy Linux (or a computer without MS Windows). I won’t buy a computer from a dealer that demands me to pay “MicroSoft Tax” and don’t even follows MicroSofts Licens agreements. Like pay me back for the license if I don’t agree with MS licens.

  11. By:Daniel

    Like some of the other commenters here, my future interest lies in machines that have Linux but not Windows installed. Vendors such as Dell should be mentioned only with an asterisk by their names. I’m grateful for Dell’s contribution of DKMS, but I won’t buy a machine from them if I have to buy Windows to do so.

  12. By:Kerry Adorno


    These two sites can help provide some guidance on policy management for SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server:

    Hope this information helps save some digging.


  13. By:Bryan

    I’m sorry, this video is just too “matter of fact.” I want to see explanations how Linux can replace Windows as an enterprise solution, and what included or otherwise available software will work to fill in the gaps when you subtract Microsoft from your network.

    How about accounting software? Does Suse support Sage’s accounting clients? How stable is it running on Linux as opposed to a Windows network? Does Novell have an improved version of Open Office that includes some of the financial graphing utilities that come by default in Excel?

    What about other important enterprise alternatives for Windows only software? Is there anything that is as robust as Exchange Server combined with Outlook for email, shared calendars, tasking, and then combining them all?

    Don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to say that I don’t like Linux and it is worse than Windows. I run a couple Linux on my own network. I am saying that with a video targeting enterprise users titled “Is the Linux desktop for me?” you would think that it would go over some of the features available, how it will help you get the job done, and how it can save you valuable resources. It does none of that. Where are those resources?

  14. Bryan,

    Many open source users are using GNUcash to do their accounting. It offers features for individual accounting and small business accounting. There are also a number of commercial accounting solutions that are moving online. These online options are compatible with Firefox today and therefore work on Linux desktops as well, a few examples include Intuit, Cubit Accounting and 24SevenOffice.

    Wikipedia has a good list of accounting software licensed under open source licenses:

    Additionally, there are a number of resources that Novell provides to help user’s learn more about SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop. One place to start would be at There you can get more information on 3.0 Novell Edition, which includes improved compatibility with Microsoft Excel, stronger Visual Basic macro support, and richer file import capabilities, Novell Evolution E-mail and Calendaring, Firefox 3.0 Web Browser, and more.

    At a cost of 90% less than Microsoft Windows and Office, a SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop subscription offers a compelling enterprise value proposition and gives customers access to maintenance updates, bug fixes, and security patches and Novell’s award-winning support.

    We hope you’ll check it out to learn more about what the Linux desktop can do for you.


  15. By:Jacques

    I would also like to see Linux demos please. And also how much easier it operates as Windows. Benefits?