SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 — Up Close and Personal


New: Check out the smashing new review just posted on MadPenguin. Excerpt and link below.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop is the only enterprise-quality Linux desktop on the market designed for general-purpose business. Developed and backed by Novell, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop provides market-leading usability, seamless interoperability with existing enterprise computer systems and
dozens of essential office applications.

Deployable as a general-purpose desktop platform or tailored for use in thin- or thick-client configurations with fixed-function uses (such as kiosks, cash registers or high-end engineering workstations), SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop provides unparalleled levels of flexibility for desktop clients. With SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, businesses can dramatically reduce costs, improve end-user security and increase workforce productivity.

Key Features

  • An all-in-one solution – SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop offers tightly integrated office applications essential in the workplace today:, Mozilla Firefox Web browser, Evolution collaboration tools, Gaim instant messenger and more.
  • Market-leading usability – SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop increases end-user productivity with a new graphical interface that minimizes the transition time to Linux.
  • Seamless interoperability – The most interoperable Linux platform available, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop seamlessly integrates with existing computer infrastructure.
  • Open source innovation – SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop includes pre-installed innovative features such as Beagle integrated search, Banshee music management, F-Spot photo-library management and Tomboy note application.
  • Flexible deployment options – SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop is the only Linux desktop platform available for thick- or thin-client configurations or general officer-worker deployments to meet business requirements.

See for yourself

SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 Pre-Release Version

Be among the first to install, test and enjoy SUSE Linux Enterprise 10. The pre-release contains all the functionality of the regular release, but is not the final product. Download it from here.

Play with the software and then let us know what you think of it by taking this short survey. We will enter your name in a drawing for one of 100 Novell t-shirts.

Download the SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop Reviewers Guide, and examine the powerful features for yourself. This guide directs you through a whole series of actions that will take you deep into the product where you can explore to your heart’s content.

  • Download Hypocycloid.xls File

    This file is provided to demonstrate how SLED can handle Microsoft Visual Basic macros. The file was created by Microsoft. Once opened in SLED, the control settings within the file remain functional. See Page 7 of the Reviewers Guide for more information on how to use this file.

Early Reviews

Here are some samplings from industry analysts and reviewers. If you’re wondering what regular people are saying about it, check out this story.

NEW Desktop Linux Defined: SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10

…Make no mistake; Novell has hit a home run with SLED – and in reference to what I was saying during the introduction to this review, I do believe lightning has struck twice. There’s no doubt about it. Of course, time will inevitably tell (since SLED 10 hasn?t officially been released yet), but I firmly believe what they?ve created is very capable of competing with anything Microsoft has ever release, or is capable of releasing in the near future. Let’s face it, Novell is releasing two stellar distros back to back. First it was SUSE Linux 10.1 and now SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10. Microsoft is getting to release Windows ME 2.0 (which includes all of the features of OS X and Linux, so no need to run to the stores when it’s released. You’ve already got it), so no worries there. Novell is in a good position to steal away some of the enterprise desktop users if they play their cards right, and I hope they do. Perhaps advertising this desktop might be a good idea – print, radio, and television maybe? Thus far, nobody has done this, and at this point I think Novell has created a product worthy of advertising to the mass public.

And as always, their attention to detail is second to none. Everything from installation to the desktop not only worked as advertised, but exceeded my expectations. This is amplified by the fact that the package price totals $50.00USD – the OS, apps, and endless hours of usability research and development all for less than you might pay for a single application anywhere else. The attention to detail is evident at every turn, right down to using the right icons for mounted devices. For instance, if you were to plug a white iPod into the system, and then plug in a black one, you will see two icons: One depicting a white iPod. One depicting a black iPod. See what I mean?

SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 is a very capable, industrial strength desktop which is ready to take on basic desktop chores in the corporate environment, and for the price you simply cannot go wrong. Superb hardware support, ease of installation and configuration, mass deployment and profile management tools, business class applications, cutting edge visual technology, and rock solid performance make this distribution a no-brainer for business desktops around the globe.

Two thumbs up to Novell for redefining the way I look at the desktop operating system.
Adam Doxtater, Mad Penguin

First Look: Novell’s SLED 10

…The effects do not slow down this machine at all. Where Vista’s effects sometimes skip a few frames or slighlty bog down the computer, SLED’s effects have none of those problems at all. Some are fairly useless (like a trail of ripples following your mousecursor, or wobbly windows) some are actually extremely useful, such as the shameless Expos? clone. In fact, Xgl’s implementation of Expos? is better than Apple’s; in Xgl, the windows kind of ‘bounce’ towards their respective positions in the grid, giving the windows a much more physical feeling than in the MacOS. The rotating cube is nice too, as it gives virtual desktops a ‘presence’, making the concept easier to understand for ‘ordinary’ users. Again, hats off to Novell for this technology.

However, Xgl is by far not the most impressive feature of SLED 10. The most impressive feature is its complete lack of, what I call, ‘ducktape’ feeling. Virtually all distributions I have tried gave me the direct feeling I was using a product stitched together by ducktape; group A did something, group B as well, and group C stitched those two together with ducktape. SLED, however, feels as if the parts are surgically sewn together, after which a plastic surgeon hid the stitches. A huge step forward for desktop Linux…
Thom Holwerda, OS News

Novell hits a home run with SLED 10

For the forthcoming SLED (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop) 10, Novell went back to the drawing board to rethink what makes a good desktop. The result is extremely impressive.

…Novell should be proud of this latest release. SLED 10 is hands down the most polished desktop Linux distribution I’ve ever used — and that includes Ubuntu. If Novell can sustain the level of effort it put into this release for future versions, SLED will rapidly become a serious contender for enterprise workstation use.

Bottom Line: Novell’s revamped desktop Linux distribution combines professional fit and finish with unique usability features not available from other vendors. Its hardware support is excellent, albeit hampered by lack of Linux support from hardware vendors. A class act, SLED 10 gives business users new reason to consider Linux for enterprise desktops.
Neil McAllister, Linux World

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