Open Source Market Segment LS
Open Source Market Segment RS
Thursday, 20 September 2012 23:32

But what happened to the desktop?

By

The Linux Desktop. That's one phrase that hasn't been heard too much around the annual SUSE Linux conference, SUSECON, in Orlando, Florida.

Only one of well over 150 technical sessions is directly related to the desktop, a polished version of which SUSE releases under the name SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED).

This session, Use Cases for SUSE Linux Desktop, was held yesterday by Stefan Behlert, senior project manager, and Jan Weber, product manager (both pictured above).

Additionally, there is one session devoted to LibreOffice, the office suite that is part and parcel of most Linux distributions, and an additional session on openSUSE, the upstream of the enterprise distributions, which could be considered to be revolving around the desktop as well.

But that's a minuscule number indeed, compared to the number of sessions that revolve around the server distribution and various other products that SUSE is becoming known for and which, in large measure, bring home the bacon.

SUSE president Nils Brauckmann said yesterday that when company people made reference to the enterprise server, the desktop was also included. It just so happened, he added, that the desktop was not where the company's "sweet spot" was; in other words, not a big selling point.

Ralf Flaxa, the company's vice-president of engineering, was quick to point out that SUSE has devoted a fair bit of manpower to both major Linux desktop projects, KDE and GNOME.

GNOME was the default for the enterprise desktop, while KDE was the default, or pre-selection, for openSUSE.

Both Weber and Behlert pointed out that the enterprise desktop was not being projected as a "full Windows replacement".

Behlert said this was due to the fact that making such a claim could often result in customers being disappointed.

He pointed out that while there were many scenarios where the enterprise desktop distribution could replace an existing operating system - such as in many human resources departments - there were others, like an accounting department, where this was not possible due to the applications in use.

Weber listed a number of use cases - fixed function users, transactional users, technical workstation users, general purpose desktop users and even power users - and said all of these types could often use SLED to fulfill their needs.

But still, he said, there were cases where, due to the proprietary nature of some codecs or file formats, SUSE could not fill the bill in toto.

Both Weber and Behlert were at pains to point out that the SUSE enterprise desktop would cost less, provide inter-operability, ease of use, desktop security and ease of management far in excess of other operating systems. But still, they said, it would be incorrect to position SLED as a full replacement for Windows.

Asked whether this was due to the licensing agreement which Novell had signed in 2006 with Microsoft, both replied in the negative.

Read 3889 times

Please join our community here and become a VIP.

Subscribe to ITWIRE UPDATE Newsletter here
JOIN our iTWireTV our YouTube Community here
BACK TO LATEST NEWS here

SONICWALL 2022 CYBER THREAT REPORT

The past year has seen a meteoric rise in ransomware incidents worldwide.

Over the past 12 months, SonicWall Capture Labs threat researchers have diligently tracked the meteoric rise in cyberattacks, as well as trends and activity across all threat vectors, including:

Ransomware
Cryptojacking
Encrypted threats
IoT malware
Zero-day attacks and more

These exclusive findings are now available via the 2022 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report, which ensures SMBs, government agencies, enterprises and other organizations have the actionable threat intelligence needed to combat the rising tide of cybercrime.

Click the button below to get the report.

GET REPORT!

PROMOTE YOUR WEBINAR ON ITWIRE

It's all about Webinars.

Marketing budgets are now focused on Webinars combined with Lead Generation.

If you wish to promote a Webinar we recommend at least a 3 to 4 week campaign prior to your event.

The iTWire campaign will include extensive adverts on our News Site itwire.com and prominent Newsletter promotion https://itwire.com/itwire-update.html and Promotional News & Editorial. Plus a video interview of the key speaker on iTWire TV https://www.youtube.com/c/iTWireTV/videos which will be used in Promotional Posts on the iTWire Home Page.

Now we are coming out of Lockdown iTWire will be focussed to assisting with your webinars and campaigns and assistance via part payments and extended terms, a Webinar Business Booster Pack and other supportive programs. We can also create your adverts and written content plus coordinate your video interview.

We look forward to discussing your campaign goals with you. Please click the button below.

MORE INFO HERE!

BACK TO HOME PAGE
Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

Share News tips for the iTWire Journalists? Your tip will be anonymous

WEBINARS ONLINE & ON-DEMAND

GUEST ARTICLES

VENDOR NEWS

Guest Opinion

Guest Interviews

Guest Reviews

Guest Research

Guest Research & Case Studies

Channel News

Comments