[K12OSN] Dell Offers Enterprise Linux Operating System from Novell to Address Growing Market for Thin Clients

R. Scott Belford scott at hosef.org
Wed Feb 4 09:53:19 UTC 2009

I believe that the point Moon has made is that the Company, Novell,
with its sponsored gnu/linux distribution called SuSE, as well as its
free, community alternative, OpenSuse(1), has made a commitment to
thin client computing.  This means that you have enterprise support,
marketing, and a completely free alternative.  The OEM deals, while
not appealing to me, make it more palatable to those with budgets and

If Red Hat puts a team behind the Desktop and Thin Clients, then they,
too, can be said to be making a Company commitment to said
technologies.  Warren, while an employee, is not bringing forth a Red
Hat branded and supported thin client solution.  He is performing an
extraordinary act of community contribution, as a Red Hat employee,
and we all hope that it succeeds to the point that it makes its way
into the RHEL stack.

This is still an important (and arguably tragic) distinction when the
part of the adoption curve you are pushing is not at the level of the
early adopters but rather at the level of the check writers.


1 http://en.opensuse.org/LTSP

2009/2/3 "Terrell Prudé Jr." <microman at cmosnetworks.com>:
> Not a good way to do that, Moon.  Where do you think Warren Togami comes
> from?  You did notice that his email address ends in "@redhat.com", right?
> The fact that Red Hat has stayed true to its Free Software roots (thus
> making CentOS possible) makes choosing Red Hat a no-brainer for me.  I don't
> see Novell sponsoring this list.  I don't see an educational/LTSP-ifyed
> version of SuSE Linux that is totally Free Software.  But I sure do see a
> Red Hat version of it.  It's called K12LTSP/K12Linux, specifically designed
> for--that's right--thin clients.  And Canonical's doing the same with
> Edubuntu.
> Please remember to give credit where it's due.
> --TP
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> Moon wrote:
> Sorry, wasn't intended to be. I'm well aware that Red Hat supports the
> Fedora and K12Linux projects, and not without significant return on
> investment mind you. I was just pointing out that Red Hat seems to keep
> slipping in key growth areas, like workstation, Thin Client, and other
> small-medium business solutions.  Novell is making choosing SUSE a no
> brainer choice by focusing on small-medium business solutions. I would
> really hate to see Novell overtake Red Hat in this Linux market. Hopefully
> Red Hat reads these posts and takes notice...
> On Tue, 2009-02-03 at 20:48 -0800, Robert Arkiletian wrote:
> 2009/2/3 Moon <moon at smbis.com>:
>> Given Red Hat's limited at best interest in Thin Client computing
>> technology, I can bet they won't be looking at growth this year or next
>> like
>> they have had given the current economic downturn and the business sector
>> looking to reduce costs. Especially given the degree of partnering going
>> on
>> among vendors to address the issues.
> Moon,
> Making antagonistic and punitive statements are not constructive.
> Fedora and K12Linux are sponsored by Red Hat, as is this list.
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