Dell Offers Enterprise Linux Operating System from Novell
Novell announced that Dell will preload SUSE Linux Enterprise Thin Client onto Dell's new OptiPlex FX160 thin client device. The OptiPlex FX160 is part of Dell’s portfolio of Flexible Computing Solutions, which was introduced in October 2008. SUSE Linux Enterprise Thin Client from Novell in conjunction with Dell's Optiplex FX160 aims to help customers “dramatically” lower costs, while simplifying IT from the desktop to the data center.
According to a 2008 IDC report, the Linux thin client market will grow from almost 1 million units in 2008 to 1.8 million units in 2011. Linux will reach a 30.5 percent share of all operating system shipments on thin client devices by 2011.
Novell says its SUSE Linux Enterprise Thin Client provides Novell partners with a powerful image creation toolkit to easily and rapidly generate thin-client images tailored to customer needs, roles, and responsibilities. The company says this new thin client solution gives customers centralized data and image control for tighter security, easier image management and better reliability — all without compromising the end user experience.