Novell Adds Multilingual Capability To Desktop

by Hanil Manghani    Aug 24, 2006

In an effort to boost its popularity and widen its acceptance in the country, Novell has made its recently launched SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 available in five major Indian languages.

With this localization effort, the desktop and some of the key applications will now be available in Hindi, Bangla, Tamil, Gujarati and Marathi, offering a smooth and consistent experience, whether using the menus, tools or bundled applications.

Hence, besides the desktop GUI and desktop menus, applications like Open Office, Firefox browser, Email client Evolution, Media player Banshee, search engine Beagle, photo viewer F-spot, administrative tool YaSt and ZMD - a software for downloading updates from Novell will also feature this multi-lingual capability.

Decidedly enthusiastic about its prospects in the Indian market, Revathi Kasturi, MD, Novell West Asia said that Linux was being adopted at an accelerated pace throughout the world, cannibalizing on the Microsoft Windows and UNIX markets. Its cost effectiveness, stability and security would encourage the BFSI, Telecom, SMB sectors, besides the Government, enterprise and home users to readily make the switch.

Features include a maneuverable box-shaped desktop with four sides, each of which can open multiple applications. The number of sides can be increased up to 100. It also features adjustable transparency of panels, a solid plug and play USB port allowing direct access to data on pen drives, cameras, music players etc.

Unlike in the past, when using Linux was perceived as a geeky pursuit, Desktop 10 is aimed at average users, with an easy, pleasant and feature-packed interface. Novell has even undertaken a project to test and gather feedback on the applications from users, in order to prepare for this product.

The Enterprise Desktop 10 costs Rs.2265 plus taxes per desktop, besides Rs.1855 for a media protection kit, which consists of the OS, software etc. Upgrade and update subscription after the first year cost another Rs.2265 annually. Novell has direct marketing presence in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and Calcutta, besides a channel tie-up with Sonata and Redington.

It also has strategic implementation and sales alliances with IBM, Intel, HCL, Zenith, Wipro, besides selling products online.