Microsoft's decision to hold back the launch of its forthcoming Windows Vista operating system appears to have played into the hands of Novell, its would-be rival.
While there's still some doubt over the exact date the delayed next version of Windows will hit the market, Novell launched its price-competitive SuSE Linux enterprise 10 desktop and server editions last week.
Novell's chief technology officer, Markus Rex, says the new desktop has evolved from being a developer’s dream and an end-user’s nightmare to something they can take to the average user.
"What started as a desktop made by hackers for hackers 12 years ago has evolved into a viable option as an everyday operating system. When I used it 12 years ago you had to be a programmer to change the background; that is no longer the case."