Lowering Your Costs with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop


Novell Connection Magazine: Tech Talk #1 – Hip Hip Hooray
by Ken Baker
Novell Connection Magazine – Q4 2006

Lowering Your Costs with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop

Here’s an excerpt:

With Vista looming on the horizon, some have compared the wait for this latest Microsoft offering to the dread experienced by the captain of the Titanic as he watched the iceberg come into view. This feeling is no stranger to desktop administrators that don’t look forward to the costs of purchasing expensive upgrade licenses as well as the higher priced hardware they’ll need to replace the desktops they’ll have to ditch that don’t meet Vista’s higher performance requirements. If you’re in this same boat, while you contemplate undertaking a massive desktop migration, it might be the perfect time to consider a low-cost desktop alternative.

Heralded as the only enterprise-quality Linux desktop on the market, Novell designed SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop to address the needs of the typical business worker. Its new intuitive interface sports a 3D desktop that is sure to not only elicit a chorus of “oohs” and “aahs” from your users, but promises to increase their productivity as well, simplifying their ability to find and switch between open applications on the desktop.

While the “ooh factor” might be cool, it’s the cost, usability, productivity, security and system interoperability factors that convince organizations to make the move to SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop. One of the most effective ways to determine how these factors can come to play in your environment is to conduct a proof-of-concept exercise, followed by a controlled pilot program.

A typical proof of concept can be conducted in a laboratory environment with four to six typical user machines, access to the corporate directory and resources, such as Web sites, share file servers and network printers. The steps you take to prepare for a proof of concept closely mirror the same preparatory steps you would take for a pilot or larger scale deployment. So, not only does a proof of concept help you determine the right fit for SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop in your organization, but it also can give you real-world experience in preparing for an eventual migration.

Borrowing a page from Novell Consulting’s book of best practices, the following represent some of the key areas that need to be examined as you prepare for a SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop proof of concept or pilot program. (see Fast Track to SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop.)

  • user readiness
  • application usage and functional continuity
  • technical infrastructure
  • hardware readiness
  • accessibility needs

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