Novell hits a desktop home run with SLED 10
SLED 10 offers unmatched ease-of-use, polish, and hardware support
Some bugs and software glitches were present in the beta that I expect to see resolved in the final release. More dubious, however, was its multimedia support. MP3s played fine in Banshee but double-clicking AVI or MPEG files yielded an annoying buzz and an error message from the Totem media player.
Users who are completely new to Linux will be put off by SLED’s Help facility. Searching by keyword returns a hodgepodge of arcane results that are more useful for administrators than end-users. I’d like to see Novell concentrate more on this area for future releases.
These gripes aside, however, Novell should be proud of this latest release. SLED 10 is hands down the most polished desktop Linux distribution I’ve ever used — and that includes Ubuntu. If Novell can sustain the level of effort it put into this release for future versions, SLED will rapidly become a serious contender for enterprise workstation use.