Curiosity draws 200 to enterprise Linux roadshow

In a sign that Novell's new lease on life is garnering interest, some 200 people attended the Sydney leg of Novell's national Suse Linux Enterprise roadshow Thursday.

Representatives from large enterprises including Macquarie Bank, Woolworths, AVJennings, the University of Sydney, and the New South Wales Department of Education and Training were present at the event.

Attendees were dazzled by the XGL-enabled Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) 10, which can switch desktops by 'spinning' a virtual cube in real time.

Paul Sioutas, a network administrator with an unnamed federal government department, said SLED 10 looks "great and snazzy" and resembles something closer to what can be used in a work environment.

Sioutas is also keen to try Linux because "it can run on old hardware".

Novell's Australia and New Zealand solutions manager Paul Kangro said with over 300,000 downloads on Suse Linux Enterprise 10 since it was released last month, Australia has chalked up the most number of downloads per capita.