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What's the point of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server?

Mar 11, 2009, 09:03 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Rubens)

"Now it benefits anyone who's a potential server OS user if the fight is an even one. What's needed is good strong competition between the two platforms, resulting in two robust systems with the features that enterprises want. There are major differences between proprietary and open source software -- in terms of philosophy, the way they are architected and developed, the ecosystems that surround them and the total cost of ownership -- so it's likely that a fair fight will lead to very different solutions evolving. Some enterprises will choose Windows, some will choose Linux, and some will choose both.

"But here's the problem. Microsoft is, well, Microsoft. In the Windows market, it's dominant. In fact, it's a monopoly. The 35 percent of the server market (or whatever the exact figure is) that belongs to Windows belongs to Microsoft. But the same can't be said on the Linux side. When it comes to supported, updated and paid-for enterprise Linux, there's two major players: Red Hat's Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES). They are slugging it out (with Red Hat enjoying by far the larger market share) while simultaneously as trying to land a punch on Microsoft's nose."

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