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Microsoft Windows

  • Slashes costs Your budget just got slashed. How do you do more with less? With SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, you can save up to 90% of the cost of Windows 7 and Microsoft Office. And you get a leading productivity application—LibreOffice from SUSE—bundled in for free.
  • Features bullet-proof security No more viruses, malware, or spyware taking down your system. No more blue screens of death. No more helpdesk and support calls that strain your IT budget. There's just no comparison. With SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, you get the most secure desktop computing platform available today.
  • Interoperates with Windows SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop is a snap to use. It seamlessly interoperates with Windows environments such as Microsoft Office, Microsoft Exchange, and Microsoft Active Directory so you can hit the ground running.
  • Delivers market-leading usability SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop is the market's most innovative desktop. It has an award-winning GUI, integrated search capabilities, and 3D graphical enhancements so you have more ways to be productive.
  • Increases flexibility With SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, you gain the flexibility to meet a wide range of thick and thin client computing needs. In addition, our hardware partners preload SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop on a range of desktops, notebooks, netbooks, nettops, and thin clients, so you can get its benefits out of the box.

Ubuntu from Canonical

In addition to the technical specifications, here you can find detailed descriptions of all packages included in SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 Service Pack 2:

  • Stronger support SUSE has a rich set of services that enable enterprises to reduce risk and burden when adopting the Linux desktop. SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop is backed by world-class SUSE services including support, training, and consulting. SUSE is the only Linux vendor to receive Support Center Practices Certification, an internationally recognized standard. Our internal training organization and external training partners back SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop with a robust set of offerings so you can become a Linux expert quickly. Finally, SUSE IT Consulting includes hundreds of professionals worldwide who specialize in helping you deploy Linux in your enterprise.

    These services help you to migrate smoothly to SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop and bring you peace of mind with your desktop investment. Unlike Canonical, SUSE has many more resources and a history of supporting enterprise customers for 25 years, which lets us deliver the security and support you need for your business.

  • Leading preload partnerships SUSE has made tremendous strides in building strategic, desktop preload relationships with the largest OEM vendors—HP, Lenovo, Dell, Wyse, Micro-Star International. Not only have our partners certified SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, but they have preloaded SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop on a wide range of form factors including desktops, notebooks, netbooks, nettops, and thin clients, and the list continues to grow. These preload solutions enable our joint customers to easily access SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop out of the box, on some of the most innovative hardware, and immediately experience its benefits. Canonical, on the other hand, does not have the same breadth or scale of preload relationships as SUSE.
  • Richer desktop innovation SUSE is a top contributor to many open source desktop projects. It is the second largest named contributor to the Linux kernel. It is also a leading contributor to GNOME, Mono, Evolution, Banshee, Compiz, Beagle, NetworkManager and other projects. These are all components that make up SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, and are featured in Ubuntu as well. Because of our strong community leadership, we can deliver higher-quality support for our customers. And we can do it much more quickly as well. On the other hand, Canonical has far fewer engineers contributing to community projects that make up the Linux desktop. As a result, they cannot deliver the same level of support to customers. And their customers must also rely more on the upstream community for fixes and patches.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop

Compared to Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop offers several compelling advantages:

  • More interoperable Linux desktop SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop allows you seamlessly interoperate in mixed Linux and Windows environments. For instance, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop comes with the SUSE edition of LibreOffice, which provides stronger compatibility with Microsoft Office file formats, and support for Excel, VBA macro, Microsoft Works files. By comparison, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop includes the upstream version of LibreOffice which does not feature these key interoperability enhancements.

    SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop also includes Mono, a set of tools that enable the execution of Microsoft .NET applications on Linux. In addition, with Moonlight bundled into SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, you can access Microsoft Silverlight content and play Windows multimedia files including Windows Media Audio (wma) and Windows Media Video (wmv) files. Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop supports neither Mono nor Moonlight. Finally, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop continues to bring seamless interoperability into your existing IT environment. It integrates with eDirectory™ and Microsoft Active Directory, Novell GroupWise® and Microsoft Exchange and Teaming and Microsoft SharePoint.

  • Leading preload partnerships A key consideration when you compare Linux distributions is the support from partners. Novell has made tremendous strides in building strategic, desktop preload relationships with the largest OEM vendors—HP, Lenovo, Dell, Wyse, Micro-Star International. Not only have our partners certified SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, but they have preloaded SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop on a wide range of form factors including desktops, notebooks, netbooks, nettops, and thin clients, and the list continues to grow. These preload solutions enable our joint customers to easily access SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop out of the box, on some of the most innovative hardware, and immediately experience its benefits. Red Hat, on the other hand, does not have any Linux desktop preloads.

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