The new version of SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop now meets the needs of the basic office worker, the Chief Technology Officer for Novell said this week.
He hopes the next version of their desktop Linux OS will begin a viral migration from Windows in the next several years.
Novell SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 (SLED 10) is the first version of Novell's desktop Linux that is "good enough" for enterprises to replace Windows in more than just limited deployments, Jaffe said.
Jaffe acknowledged that desktop Linux has barely made a dent in the enterprise, though a migration from Windows to Linux on enterprise desktops has been predicted for years. However, he said that he expects enterprise pilots of SLED 10 to begin in earnest in late 2006.