By eweek  |  Posted 2001-03-26 Print this article Print

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By Timothy Dyck

SuSE is an important player in the Linux space and has been at the forefront of introducing new technologies, such as the ReiserFS journaling file system and a logical volume manager, in its Linux distribution before these features made it into the mainstream kernel (as both have now).

However, as Contributing Editor Roger Hartje notes, the focus of SuSE Linux 7.1 Professional is on the desktop, with documentation, packaging and administration tools targeted at end users.

This is exactly the wrong approach to take. Linux is a server operating system: Thats where eWeek readers use it and where its market success has been (Linux had a 27 percent share of the overall server market in 2000, according to International Data Corp.). On the desktop, Linuxs market share is in the very low single digits.

Trying to deploy Linux on the desktop doesnt make much sense in large corporate environments, given the relatively low cost of desktop software vs. the large cost of retraining, support and ensuring interoperability, all to move to what is still fairly immature Linux productivity software.

A lot of technical progress is being made on the Linux desktop front, but the time to consider switching hasnt come yet.


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