Finally, both Red Hat and Novell is in total agreement – both of them thinks making money with Linux desktop is hard. According to Ron Hovsepian, CEO, Novell India Engineering:
The market for the desktop for the next three to five years is mainly enterprise-related.
As usual, I recommend Ubuntu Linux for both consumer Desktop and Laptop user:
Sysadmin because even developers need heroes!!!
- Ubuntu will always be free of charge, including enterprise releases and security updates.
- Ubuntu comes with full commercial support from Canonical and hundreds of companies around the world.
- Ubuntu includes the very best translations and accessibility infrastructure that the free software community has to offer.
- Ubuntu CDs contain only free software applications; we encourage you to use free and open source software, improve it and pass it on.
Currently Dell only offers Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and Suse Novell on Dell Server. Canonical, the company that supports Ubuntu Linux, is trying to work out a deal with hardware vendors such as Dell to make Ubuntu available preinstalled on servers.
Ubuntu Desktop from Dell was the first preinstalled mainstream distro for end users. It’s been hard to tell how popular the Ubuntu desktop has been for Dell, which started selling the OS in May on two desktop PCs and the Inspiron E1505n notebook. Asked how well those PCs have sold, Canonical referred the questions to Dell. A Dell spokeswoman said the figures are confidential. I’m quite sure there will be a good demand for server product too.
=> Canonical chases deals to ship Ubuntu Server preinstalled