Problems with NLD
As we mentioned earlier, there is no VPN Wizard built into NLD. This is basic functionality that belongs in every Linux distribution but particularly in one aimed at the corporate desktop. How are laptop users who work from home supposed to connect to their corporate networks via VPN? We hope that Novell will build a counterpart to the Windows VPN Wizard that exists in Windows XP. Its long past time for Linux to have this kind of functionality and were getting very tired of having to keep asking for it. Get it done, developers!
Unlike certain other Linux distributions, theres nothing included in NLD that will let you run Windows applications. If you want to run Windows applications youll need to grab VMWare, Crossover Office, Win4Lin, or Wine and install them yourself. While we always prefer running native Linux applications to running Windows apps, we do recognize that some folks—particularly in corporate offices—simply must have certain kinds of Windows applications. At the very least, Novell would do well to bundle Crossover Office with NLD at some point; it would give NLD users the ability to run a number of helpful Windows applications.