Thursday, May 05, 2005

SUSE Enterprise vs Professional

Enterprise Enthusiast
Products SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server 9
Novell Linux Desktop 9
SUSE LINUX Professional 9.3
Target segments IT buyers looking for a hardened, supported Linux platform backed by a reliable product release cycle Linux users and technical enthusiasts, experienced computer users, community developers
Distribution Channels Direct, channel, OEM Retail
Release Strategy 18-24 months Six months
Technical Support Comprehensive support options, available in flexible configurations 60-day install only
Security Patches Yes Limited availability
Software and Driver Updates Yes No
Update Protection Yes No
Service Pack Availability Yes No
ISV Certifications Yes No
Hardware Certifications Yes No
Indemnification Yes No
Lifecycle Guarantee Yes: Five years* No
Printed manuals Yes Yes
Training Yes No
Consulting Yes No

*Platform is guaranteed for five years from date of general availability.
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