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Re: [SLUG] Ubuntu vs Novell Desktop- a real life corporate experience
- To: linleycaetan@xxxxxxxxxxxx
- Subject: Re: [SLUG] Ubuntu vs Novell Desktop- a real life corporate experience
- From: ashley maher <ashley.maher@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 05 Apr 2006 08:05:15 +1000
- Cc: slug@xxxxxxxxxxx
- Organization: Didymo Designs
- Reply-to: ashley.maher@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
The attached articles gives an alternative, and quite interesting, view.
On Mon, 2006-04-03 at 21:09 +1000, Linley Caetan wrote:
> Whilst enjoying the expo I came across some corporate types at the
> Novell stand. Very Friendly and handed me an evaluation version of their
> Suse Desktop.
> I've recently taken on a sales role and our team use Exchange to
> interact. Email, calendars, tasks. I've been itching to go to an open
> source desktop for all the "group ware" stuff.
> I was intially going to go with Ubuntu but being an open minded chap I
> set aside my cynicism of the corporate world and decided to give the
> Novell a go.
> After all they are supporting Ximian and Linux (Suse) so I decided to
> give It a go.
> Unfortunately the experience was less than satisfactory.
> In fact it has to be the clunkiest install short of any OS from Microsoft.
> 3 Cds for a distribution meant for a corporate environment that will in
> most cases have a fast reliable connection.
> Round 1 to the well Dapper Drake in the one piece suit.
> The duck flew rings around the lizard by ( I suspect) installing a bare
> minimum and then latching on to my T1 connection and grabbing the rest.
> Nicely done. half an hour from go to whoa, compared to 90 minutes for
> for the lizard.
> Now, after weathering the long installation from Novell I move to
> connect to Exchange server.
> Remember that a huge part of Novell's client base will be wanting this
> to just work out of the box.
> No dice!
> The connector Plugin is not installed by default. Look around for CD2
> after accidentally inserting CD 1 (repositories are not set up except
> for the CD repos) and install the plugin.
> 20 minutes later give up in disgust. This version is six months old so
> the forums are no help and I cant be bothered hunting down yast or yum
> or whatever bastard repos' are needed.
> One mornings work up in smoke. Had enough so I wearily fire up windows
> for the day.
> Next morning I send in my fine feathered friend.
> He has the lizard for breakfast and after 40 minutes I am reading an
> email from a client whose business we have won.
> Thanks Dapper. What a guy!
> I am sure that the current release of Novell linux is probably much
> better than the one I tried, but even if it is, a quick check of their
> website still shows a bloated 3 CD set of ISOs.
> But the packaging was beautiful. Being in the printing game I recognised
> that a lot of time and effort and money had gone into the packaging of
> the CDs. I recognised that the whole thing would have had to be locked
> down months ago and to be economical they are making large batches for
> use over six months worth of events.
> So Novell, less money spent on packaging more on making a lightweight
> distro that gets prospective clients moving quickly.
> I have been a Ubuntu user since that hoary hedgehog so that may have
> given me a jaundiced view of the install comparison. But I have never
> used Evolution except for brief evaluations.