SuSE, Novell, and IBM

Well you can read about it here, but Novell has bought SuSE Linux, and IBM has invested $50 million dollars into the venture. This is interesting for a lot of reasons. One, Novell has a bunch of rights from their previous ownership of Unix. This could help IBM out in the SCO lawsuit, thus the $50 million investment. Novell also owns Ximian, which provides Linux desktop software. This gives Novell a new platform to move people off of Netware and on to Linux. This is a huge strategy for them, and I’m sure another thorn in Microsoft’s side.  The Linux desktop could get pretty interesting in the coming months.

Crossover Office for Linux

I just read that Crossover Office for Linux now supports Flash MX and Dreamweaver MX.

Very cool.  I hadn’t looked at this product in a long time, but basically it allows users to install Windows applications on Linux.  This included Microsoft Office as well as the Notes client.   This is just another reason to consider never using Windows again!

CrossOver Office is capable of running a range of Windows software, but CodeWeavers will support the following applications:

  • Microsoft Office XP, 2000 and 97
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook *
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Access *
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Lotus Notes/li>
  • Quicken