A First Look at SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2006-07-14 Print this article Print

Review: This early review of SLED 10 finds a full, rip-out-XP desktop replacement system. (DesktopLinux.com)

The newest SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, Version 10, is so close to being done that you can almost taste it. Novell released the gold master the week of July 3 to its partners, and the server version, SLES (SUSE Linux Enterprise Server), based on the same code, is also almost ready for release. This is an early review of the new version of SLED 10 (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop).
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The first thing users of the older NLD (Novell Linux Desktop) will notice is that the new desktop is no stripped-down thin-client style Linux desktop like NLD. SLED is a full, rip-out-XP desktop replacement system. In 2004, then-CEO Jack Messman positioned NLD as not being "about the wholesale replacement of your Windows systems, but rather its about identifying where and when an open-source desktop can be a sensible, cost-effective alternative." Things have changed. The new official Novell enterprise desktop comes with all the business applications any office would need. These include:
  • OpenOffice.org 2.02
  • Firefox Web browser 1.504
  • GAIM 1.5 instant messaging client
  • Beagle desktop search
  • Evolution 2.6 For its user interface, the new SLED 10 defaults to Gnome 2.12, but KDE 3.5.1 is also available. It also includes the Freedesktop.org projects OpenGL-driven X Server, Xgl. With Xgl and Novells 3-D compositing window manager, Compiz, users can switch among 3-D virtual desktops with translucency and all the other hot, desktop interface prettiness. Read the full story on DesktopLinux.com: A First Look at SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
    Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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