Executive Summary

 
 
By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2003-02-10 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


: SuSE Linux Office Desktop"> Executive Summary: SuSE Linux Office Desktop

Usability Fair
Capability Fair
Performance Good
Interoperability Good
Manageability Good
Scalability Good
Security Good
SuSEs SuSE Linux Office Desktop combines an excellent Linux distribution with bundled software for interoperating with Windows applications and systems. It wont be the desktop Linux distribution to knock off Windows, but SuSE Linux Office Desktop demonstrates that Linux has gone much further than it has left to go.

COST ANALYSIS

SuSE Linux Office Desktop costs $129—a very good price when the separate licensing costs of its bundled software are taken into account.

(+) Limited Windows application compatibility; good software installation tool; bundled software for resizing NTFS partitions.

(-) Utility for accessing network shares didnt work; lacks VPN client; fit and finish are uneven in places.

EVALUATION SHORT LIST
  • Red Hats Red Hat 8.0
  • Microsofts Windows XP
  • Apples Mac OS X
  • www.suse.com



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    As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. JasonÔÇÖs coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at jbrooks@eweek.com.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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