Desktop Linux is good enough to supplant Windows in a number of enterprise desktop roles, and it has been for some time now. However, major enterprise Linux vendors—most notably Red Hat Inc.—have been too busy until recently with server-room Linux to produce desktop products with the sort of management frameworks and stable product road maps that enterprises require. That changed with the release last month of two desktop Linux variants from major enterprise players: Sun Microsystems Inc.s Java Desktop System 2 and Red Hats Red Hat Desktop.
Java Desktop System 2
Sun's Java desktop System 2 pairs great management tools with a well-made interface, earning it an Analyst's Choice designation.