Tuesday, December 06, 2005

SUSE Linux vs Enterprise

Novell provides Linux operating systems such as SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 and Novell Linux Desktop 9 for businesses that need a hardened, supported operating system for running IT infrastructure and corporate applications. Novell also provides SUSE Linux for technical individuals who want to keep up to speed with the latest and greatest open source code. The following table outlines the differences between Novell enterprise products and its SUSE Linux product.

Although not intended for business deployments, SUSE Linux 10.0 provides corporate evaluators with an excellent first look at technologies like XEN (virtualization), OpenOffice 2.0 (productivity suite), Beagle (desktop search) and Mono (open source development environment). These technologies, when refined and fully supported, may appear in future Novell enterprise Linux offerings.

Enterprise Enthusiast
Products SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9
Novell Linux Desktop 9
SUSE Linux 10.0
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 and community developers
Distribution channels Direct, channel, OEM Retail
Release strategy 18-24 months Six months
Technical support Comprehensive support options, available in flexible configurations 90-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: seven years* No
Printed manuals Yes Yes
Training Yes No
Consulting Yes No