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August 13, 2006

SUSE Linux is spreading on the desktop as Red Hat spins up for desktop competition

by @ 10:44 am. Filed under General SUSE, Linux News, My Opinion, SUSE News

It’s a beautiful thing when a seasoned enterprise Linux distribution feels it needs to compete in the desktop market. This means that they see a generous amount of interest from the consumer base. You see, I think they see the same thing that I see. And Novell sees. This is the fact that, although it is not perfect right now, Linux is only going to develop and mature from where it is now. More and more people are interested in using it, and that interest will only continue to grow. Notice that I did not say that this is the year that Linux overthrows the Microsoft monopoly and takes the market.

Many people use M$ OSes. However, the vast majority of them are basically “follow the herd” users. They use Windows because that’s what everyone else uses and that’s what they have always used, and that’s what they know. All they need is an introduction to Linux on the desktop and be shown around a little and they’ll be plenty content using a Linux desktop. I’ve seen it happen. One such user has been on SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 for a little over a month, now. He has found it to be quite a pleasant experience. I’m sure it is (and can be) the same with many more people.

Spreading Linux will take a little time, but will accelerate with the continued development and maturation of Linux as a desktop operating system. Linux is not going anywhere. It is just going to get better and more widely used from here. Red Hat and Novell are already making it happen. M$ has already seen its peak of dominance.

4 Responses to “SUSE Linux is spreading on the desktop as Red Hat spins up for desktop competition”

  1. Hylke Says:

    THE way of getting linux on the mainstream desktop within the year:

    Hand out versions to celebrities: Oprah, Britney Spears and so on, pay them for it, they say it’s good etc. 😀 Believe me, within a year Linux is the most used OS. 😛

  2. Scott Morris Says:

    For sure, yo! That’s awesome. So, does anyone have Oprah’s phone number?

  3. Larry Margolis Says:

    I have been looking at Scott Morris’s SUSE Linux 10.1 User Guide which is very well compiled and I am wondering if there is an equivalent guide for SLED 10 available? The University of Cape Town will be adopting SLED 10 as an alternative to Windows so we will need to train our staff. Any suggestions? Please email

  4. Tom Says:

    I’ve heard a saying…

    “He who rules the desktop rules the server.”

    Microsoft owns the desktop and to a great extent owns the server. If the Linux desktop will take off, it will only be a matter of time before Windows is dropped as the predominant server OS and Linux will take its place. And then Microsoft will be in the same place that Novell is in now with the exception that they won’t have Linux. That would be ironic.

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