SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop Gets Major Update: What You'll Find

By Sean M. Kerner  |  Posted 2014-11-06

Linux is typically thought of as a server or cloud operating system in the enterprise, though it does have desktop applicability as well. Among the Linux distributions that provide enterprise Linux desktop support is SUSE, which updated its SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) to version 12 on Oct. 27. The SLED 12 release is the first major update to SLED since version 11 debuted back in 2009. A lot has happened in the Linux market since 2009—in the desktop space in particular. One of the big changes has been the emergence of the GNOME 3 Linux desktop, which has a different user interface and workflow than its predecessors. Some in the Linux community consider the GNOME 3 desktop to be somewhat disruptive from an enterprise stability perspective. To that end, one of the key features of SLED 12 is a choice from multiple flavors of the GNOME 3 desktop, including a classic mode, which integrates the common user interface navigation element used in GNOME 2 inside of a GNOME 3 context. SLED 12 also benefits from innovations that are present on the server side, including the btrfs file system, which enables snapshot and system rollback functionality. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at some of the features in the SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 12 release.


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