Lenovo to preload Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop...due to customer demand

Lenovo is preloading Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop. Maybe there's a market here, after all.

Novell + Lenovo = Corporate Linux Laptop Novell

That Lenovo is preloading SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop doesn't do much for me. I'm not a big fan of the Linux desktop. But the driving factor behind the announcement...? That interests me a great deal.

As Ars Technica reports,

"We have seen more customers utilizing and requesting open source notebook solutions in education, government, and the enterprise since our ThinkPad T60p Linux announcement, and today's announcement expands upon our efforts by offering customers more Linux options," said Lenovo VP Sam Dusi in a statement.

I care very little if open-source developers want Linux desktops. I care a great deal when enterprises do. I have tended to side with Red Hat's view of the Linux desktop, but Novell continues to prove that it can sell the more traditional version of the Linux desktop.

I'm still skeptical that there is a huge amount of interest here, but this is one area in which I will be happy to be wrong.

In fact, if Justin Steinman can show me data a year from now that shows significant corporate uptake of the Linux desktop, I will eat my name (M-A-T-T-A-S-A-Y) from a Lenovo Thinkpad keyboard. It will be the tastiest mistake I've yet made. I don't mind a little indigestion at Microsoft's expense. :-)

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