Linux, Open Source & Ubuntu: eWEEK Labs Examines SLED 11, the Microsoft-Friendly Linux
The latest release of Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, SLED 11, is probably the most Microsoft-friendly Linux desktop ever, with support for various Microsoft formats and protocols that extend the functionality of Linux desktop regulars such as OpenOffice.org, Mozilla Firefox and Evolution. These additions, combined with Novell's enterprise-friendly support plans, might just convince companies that the time is right to make a move from Windows. SLED 11 has a great deal in common with the OpenSUSE 11.1 release that eWEEK Labs reviewed Feb. 17, but the biggest difference between SLED 11 and so-called community-oriented Linux options such as OpenSUSE and Ubuntu is the relatively limited selection of software packages available for SLED. eWEEK Labs Executive Editor Jason Brooks takes a look.