Linux, Open Source & Ubuntu: eWEEK Labs Examines SLED 11, the Microsoft-Friendly Linux

By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2009-03-25 Print this article Print
eWEEK Labs Examines SLED 11, the Microsoft-Friendly Linux

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, 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.
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. Jason's 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

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