April 20, 2005 12:28 PM PDT

Novell delivers Linux package to home PCs

Novell has shipped its latest bundle of Linux software for tech-savvy home PC owners.

The SuSE Linux Professional 9.3 package includes an operating system, desktop applications and networking tools, built using the open-source software model, Novell said Wednesday. Designed for experienced home computer users, the release promises deeper functionality, improved security and easier installation than its predecessors.

In the bundle are several of the best-known Linux products, including the OpenOffice desktop software, from OpenOffice.org, and the Firefox Web browser, made by the Mozilla Foundation. The package includes e-mail software and instant messaging tools, digital photo editors, multimedia viewers, mobile device support and basic networking capabilities.

In addition, the Linux package gives more advanced users better resources for setting up home networks, running Web servers and developing their own applications, Novell said. SuSE Linux Professional 9.3 also brings newer open-source community efforts into the fold, incorporating virtualization technology made by Xen, the Beagle desktop search tool and voice over Internet Protocol applications made by Linphone.

The package will retail for $99.95, said Novell, which is based in Waltham, Mass.

The launch is the latest in a string of new product announcements from Novell in the past month. Last week, the company took the wraps off of its Point of Service 9 Linux package, which is aimed at retailers. In late March, Novell released a collection of Linux-based products geared for small business.

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$100?!
$100 retail price tag for something you can
download for free is a bit silly. The OS itself
is a commodity item, and while I agree that
there's sense in charging for something sold at
retail (i.e., for a printed manual, the cost of
pressing and distributing the media, etc.), $100
goes way beyond what common sense would suggest.
Better would be $15 - $20.

They ought to be looking to make more money by
offering various services related to Linux
support (i.e., working with Apple to offer
iTunes support and music downloads, etc.).
Posted by Gleeplewinky (289 comments )
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Support
That is what most of that $100 is.
Posted by pcLoadLetter (395 comments )
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How to get it cheaper
You can get Suse 9.3 CD's or a DVD from linuxcdshop.ca for $8.95 US. That price includes shipping.

You just won't get the printed manuals or support. Novell offers the manuals as a PDF download, and the user forums should be more then enough support you would ever need.
Posted by rodnarms (45 comments )
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$100?!
$100 retail price tag for something you can
download for free is a bit silly. The OS itself
is a commodity item, and while I agree that
there's sense in charging for something sold at
retail (i.e., for a printed manual, the cost of
pressing and distributing the media, etc.), $100
goes way beyond what common sense would suggest.
Better would be $15 - $20.

They ought to be looking to make more money by
offering various services related to Linux
support (i.e., working with Apple to offer
iTunes support and music downloads, etc.).
Posted by Gleeplewinky (289 comments )
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Support
That is what most of that $100 is.
Posted by pcLoadLetter (395 comments )
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How to get it cheaper
You can get Suse 9.3 CD's or a DVD from linuxcdshop.ca for $8.95 US. That price includes shipping.

You just won't get the printed manuals or support. Novell offers the manuals as a PDF download, and the user forums should be more then enough support you would ever need.
Posted by rodnarms (45 comments )
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