At Linuxworld Tuesday, Novell cited evidence of growing customer interest in its recently-released Suse Enterprise Linux 10.
Novell said it has received a combined 324,000 download requests for its Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop and Server editions since their release one month ago -- with slightly more downloads of the desktop edition, nicknamed SLED 10.
John Dragoon, Novell's chief marketing officer, said the company hopes to convince up to 45 companies and organizations worldwide -- including 15 in North America -- to pilot the SLED 10 desktop in the next 12 months. "Our job is to convert mindshare into market share," he said.
Novell also announced three Suse Linux customer wins, including one take away from arch-rival, Red Hat.
W.S. Badcock, a home furnishings retailer with more than 320 stores in the southeastern part of the United States, is installing Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 in all of its in-store sales terminals.
Badcock, which is replacing all existing instances of Red Hat Linux with Suse, also plans to use Suse Linux Enterprise Server 10 to run its point-of-sale store management system on top of IBM xSeries servers managed by Novell's ZENworks software, Novell said.
Including both Novell's Suse Enterprise Linux Server and Open Enterprise Server, its distribution combining both Suse and NetWare operating systems, Novell held about 40 percent of the total Linux server market last year, according to the company.
Siemens Medical Solutions will use Suse Linux Enterprise Real Time to improve the processing performance of some of its magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) products. Siemens already used Suse elsewhere in its enterprise.
Suse Linux Enterprise Real Time is a custom version of Suse Linux Enterprise 10 built with real-time computing capabilities by Concurrent. It will be generally available in September.
Novell also touted the Rome City School District in New York, which is beginning a pilot project to bring Intel-based laptops running Suse Linux Desktop to more than 80,000 students. The schools are testing Novell Open Enterprise Server for file and print services and Novell ZENworks to manage the environment.