According to a recent Computerworld article by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) is the best replacement for Windows on the business desktop.
It’s great to see Steven pick up on our strategy, and we at Novell are very appreciative of this. We’re looking to put more Linux on business desktops, and SLED is specifically targeted for those workloads. Now, I haven’t been at Novell for that long (joined in early 2008), but having been a hard-core Windows user in the past, it’s amazing how easy and simple it was for me to hang up my Windows “Start” menu, switch from Microsoft Office to OpenOffice.org, get all the high-sizzle 3-D graphical effects I wanted, while remaining fully productive with SLED. That said, when when I think about where our desktop business has gone and where it’s going, I’m very excited about the opportunities in front of us.
For those who might not know, the Linux desktop market is growing at a rapid pace — according to IDC, it going to be a $120 million opportunity by 2012, and we continue to build our presence in the enterprise market by strengthening our partnerships with OEMs and channel partners. More importantly, it’s great to see SLED continue to gain traction globally — not only as a way to lower IT costs in today’s tough economy, but also as a means to bring choice to customers, stronger security to enterprises, and a truly fantastic user experience that leverages the innovation of the open source community and Novell engineers. It’s something I’m very excited about, and as our FY wraps up in two weeks, I look back at all the great stuff we’ve accomplished in the past year — our pre-load relationships with HP, Lenovo, and Dell, being one of the first Linux vendors to get into the netbook market with HP and MSI, accelerating our strategy in the Linux thin client space with Wyse, and much more. With all this traction, I’m clearly excited about what 2009 holds for us — among other things, we’re launching SLED 11 at Brainshare!
But more than what we’ve done to date, it’s all about what we can do tomorrow. And that said, it’s critical that we continue to hear from you, our customers and partners about how we can be better. Tell us what’s working. Tell us what’s not. At the end of the day, it’s about improving the user experience, delighting our customers, and making sure we are responsive to your needs. So with that said, I ask you — where do you want to SLED today?