Novell and Wyse Develop Linux Thin Client
Novell has partnered with thin-client computing provider Wyse Technology to jointly develop a Linux operating system for desktop and mobile thin client devices.
The Wyse Enhanced SUSE Linux Enterprise has cross-platform multimedia support, USB peripheral support, and flexible hardware options. It can be integrated with Microsoft Active Directory and can be deployed in a Windows environment. It also includes built-in support for Wyse’s suite of virtualization software to offer third-party desktop virtualization applications including Citrix XenDesktop and VMware VDI.
It also includes the Gnome desktop, Firefox browser, a terminal emulator, and pre-built technologies for connecting to thin computing architectures including VMware’s VDM client, Citrix’s ICA client, and Microsoft’s RDP client.
Novell has also been working on mixed environments in which Linux runs alongside Microsoft Windows OS and other platforms. For this, it partnered with Microsoft in 2006 to provide a joint virtualization offering for clients running mixed-source environments.
Carlos Montero-Luque, vice president of product management at Novell’s open platforms division, said: “This is clear indication of the readiness of desktop Linux overall to meet the needs of enterprise customers, including lower costs, stronger security, and improved manageability.”
The Wyse Enhanced SUSE Linux Enterprise will be pre-loaded on Wyse thin client devices and will be available in the fourth quarter.