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Watts Water Technologies needed to replace 1000 old shop-floor terminals with more flexible desktops. They ended up choosing SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop on Neoware thin client hardwares along with ZENworks to help manage the environment. You can also check out the Open PR blog entry for some info.  From the customer success story…

After evaluating several desktop and thin-client solutions, Watts Water Technologies selected SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop for use in a thin-client deployment, as well as Novell ZENworks to manage more than 1,000 desktops.

“Linux really shines and Novell has a great Linux strategy,” said Ty Muscat, Data Center Manager for Watts Water Technologies. “We have almost every platform imaginable and are moving more and more to SUSE Linux Enterprise desktops and servers. We like having an open platform with a lot of flexibility.”

The results:

“Without Novell, we would have had to invest far more to get anything similar to what we have with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop,” said Muscat. “The ongoing management and maintenance costs of other options would have been overwhelming for us.”

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From the article:

Exchanging business cards is a rudimentary form of networking (the people, not the server kind). However, to get the most out of the exchange, you need a card that attracts attention and reflects the image or values you want to project.

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From the article:

OpenOffice.org Base is undoubtedly a powerful database application, but when it comes to its built-in reporting engine, words like “underpowered” and “outdated” come to mind. Fortunately, you don’t have to put up with this situation any longer: with the Sun Report Builder (SRB) extension, you can add nifty reporting features based on Pentaho reporting engine — assuming you can figure out how to use it without any help.

More here.

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From the article:

Exchanging business cards is a rudimentary form of networking (the people, not the server kind). However, to get the most out of the exchange, you need a card that attracts attention and reflects the image or values you want to project.

Unfortunately, OpenOffice.org Writer’s tool for producing business cards does such a poor job of realizing both these goals that it is better avoided. However, if you know where to look, Writer also includes other tools that make designing business cards as easy as possible.

More here.

RossB

Want to investigate moving to OpenOffice.org? Have a massive load of Word and other documents that are holding you back?

Take heart, there are various options that you can pursue, not the least of which is setting your OpenOffice.org defaults to read and write the appropriate format of Microsoft file types.

While in OpenOffice.org, just click on the Tools menu -> Options, click on the + sign next to Load/Save and choose the General item. On the General dialogue, the lower third is where you find the Default file format configuration selections. Here you can choose the default type of document to open (slideshow, spreadsheet, etc.) and all importantly the Always save as option, where you can choose from various formats, including:

  • Microsoft Word 2003 XML
  • Microsoft Word 6.0
  • Microsoft Word 95
  • Microsoft 97/2000/XP

By choosing a mutually compatible load/save file format that reflects the majority of your documents, you can save a lot of time and energy and not have to convert all of your documents just to try out or move over to OpenOffice.org.

I also recommend reading a posting by Serdar Yegulalp over at SearchEnterpriseLinux.com about mass-migrating Word documents, some good advice and linkage in it.

Enjoy,

RossB

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openSUSE 10.3 is now officially released and available. Here are some of the highlighted improvements and links to more info:

  • Beautiful green artwork
  • KDE 3.5.7
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