Timely Linux launch leaves Vista lagging

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."