"SuSE has been planning their business around business-class
Linux servers for years so it should come as no surprise that when
they finally offer a Linux just for the desktop, SuSE Linux Desktop
(SLD), it comes targeted at enterprises with a product price of
$598 for the SLD installation kit and a 12-month SuSE maintenance
program for up to five workstations. SLD also has a five-year
support life cycle. This is a desktop Linux for CIOs, not
"Richard Seibt, CEO of SuSE Linux, makes this clear, 'We believe
this is the product that will bring Linux to enterprise desktops
across the whole world.'
"But will CIOs buy it? Dan Kusnetzky, IDC vice president for
system software research, thinks SuSE has a 'reasonable plan' and
'a combination of desktop operating system and applications that's
good enough to do the job...'"
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