> I am new to LINUX and this forum.
i’ve several thoughts for your considerations…
i want to address the above point last (so, see LAST below)
> I am evaluating the feasibility of moving a customer to OES SLED
> … I have installed OpenSUSE
first: openSUSE and SLED are two different things…the latter being
the grown up, fully mature, tested and “enterprise ready” software
sold by Novell which grows OUT of the openSUSE community…this
community serves as the testing grounds for what will someday be
rolled into SLED or thrown out as not good enough!!
that is, for your purposes i feel it is incorrect to assume that all
faults (or good things) you see in openSUSE 11.x will also be in SLED 11…
so, the bad news is: testing openSUSE to prove or disprove your
customer’s potential happiness with SLED is a non-starter to begin with!
but, the good news is: you are free to use SLED also…for 60
days…after which security patches and etc are not available without
> under VMWare for Windoze and need to run IE on LINUX because of a
> vendor requirement for my customer. When I installed WINE
second: now wait a nano-second!
you wanna run IE in WINE in openSUSE in VMWare in Windows to
try to learn if your customer can be moved to SLED (running native, on
a real machine)??
boggles the mind–WOW, if you find you like the way IE performs in
THAT situation you are gonna get seasick from the speed of Opera or
Firefox running native in SLED!!
third: if your customer requires IE7 today, s/he is probably gonna
require IE8 tomorrow…assuming you are able to coax IE7 to run
today, does NOT insure that IE8 will ever run well [you do know that
MS spends considerable time making sure that new releases do NOT run
well in the current state of WINE, don’t you?? and that it may be
years of reverse engineering WINE before IE8 runs well, if EVER!!]
hint: try to figure out why your customer can’t run Firefox with the
add-on named “User Agent Switcher” making it pretend to be IE7 or IE8,
and if you find s/he is truly “locked in” to MS, then…guess what!
> I know it must be simple but I am to much of a newbie to
> find it I guess.
simple? no, i doubt you will find it simple to perform the test you
have set out to do, and reach a fair and correct decision…
i guess that a person who has a strong background in Win Netware and
*nix might find it simple if s/he began by running SLED directly
on real hardware (the customer’s real hardware)…well, it would be
simple until you throw in that IE requirement then it complicates a
LAST–back to the top point: i guess to make a comprehensive test of
the feasibility of moving a client from Netware+XP to SLED is gonna
need the help of a real live SLED expert very near your elbow…and,
unfortunately those are scarce as hens teeth around here…this is
the openSUSE forum, you probably ought to (imho) start over by
downloading SLED and posting your next question in
fact is, if your customer is large enough, you might find that Novell
will fall all over itself to HELP you come to a much more balanced
view than you can possibly get from running IE in wine in openSUSE in
VMWare in Wind0z…
i’m just trying to be helpful…ymmv and my opinion may stink…you