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By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2004-11-08 Print this article Print

Unlike the everything-and-the-kitchen-sink approach of many Linux distributions, NLD doesnt come with a ton of third-party open-source software.

It does, however, include all the basics an office worker would need. This includes the Novell Edition of, which provides an office suite with Microsoft Office-compatible file formats.

In addition, NLD uses Mozilla Firefox as its default browser and Novell Evolution 2.0 for its e-mail and groupware client, and it offers users a choice of the multiprotocol Gain and Kopete for IM (instant messaging).

Microsoft and Novell have a war of words over Windows vs. Linux. Read about it here. On the administration side, NLD offers integration with Novell ZENworks Linux Management. ZENworks enables administrators to deploy, configure and manage Linux desktops from a central location.

NLD is available as a free download from Novells Evaluation Web site as 3 ISO CD images. This is the full-working version, but it comes without technical support or updates.

Last, but far from least for potential corporate buyers, unlike most Linux vendors, Novell is also providing indemnification against intellectual property suits arising from use of its Linux operating systems.

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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