SuSE Linux Aims for the Enterprise

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-03-11 Print this article Print

The German company is working on an enterprise version of its SuSE Linux Office Desktop product.

German-based SuSE Linux A.G. is working on an enterprise version of its SuSE Linux Office Desktop product, which it hopes to release before the middle of the year. The new product will contain enterprise additions to the current code base and offer better administration and manageability. SuSE hopes to release it around June and will target it at those large corporations that will need to deploy several thousand copies. "But our current office desktop product, which is specifically designed to help small to medium-sized businesses migrate to Linux on their workstations, will continue to be available to the smaller user," Holger Dyroff, SuSEs general manager for North America, told eWEEK on Tuesday.
SuSE has so far sold several thousand copies worldwide of that product, which contains commercial software components such as CrossOver Office 1.2 from CodeWeavers, Inc. This lets such applications as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio 2000, and IBMs Lotus Notes run on the SuSE desktop, he said.
SuSE next month will also release SuSE Linux 8.2, the next version of its Linux operating system for personal and business computers, Dyroff said on Tuesday. This will be available directly from SuSE and at computer retailers from April 14 at an unchanged recommended retail price of $39.95 for the Personal edition, which includes three CDs, a user guide and 60 days of installation support; and at $79.95 for the Professional version with five CDs, two DVDs, a user and administration guide and 90 days of installation support. "Our target market for these products, which are upgraded roughly every six months, is very large, ranging from the home user to a systems administrator running Oracle at home. The goal with every upgrade of this product, which generates just under 50 percent of SuSEs total annual revenue, is to make it increasingly easy and intuitive to use," Dyroff said.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

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