IBM To Support, Not Pre-Load, SLED 10 On IntelliStation

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Novell released its SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 to the public yesterday, but is still having a tough time convincing desktop manufacturers to actually install it onto machines.

IBM, which still has a desktop business with its IntelliStation workstations, will support SLED 10 desktop but not pre-load it onto systems, according to a spokeswoman. In an email, responding to a question, she wrote:

It seems IBM only offers pre-loaded Windows XP (32- 64-bit support) and Red Hat Linux on IntelliStation. SuSE Linux v. 10 does not come preloaded on this platform, however, it is supported.

IBM announced in its press release:

IBM will support Xen technology as part of the Virtualization Engine portfolio on the company's Intel and Opteron processor based server and IBM BladeCenter systems. Additionally, IBM has plans to support SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 from Novell across its entire IBM systems hardware line and IBM middleware portfolio and provide services support.

It just won't offer it as a pre-load on the desktop.

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