Linux Laptop — what’s missing
While Open SUSE is a very nice OS for a notebook computer (see previous post) I do have a list of things I know I just can’t have and that make it unlikely we’ll ever go this route for regular work machines:IBM Lotus
Administrator and Designer clients
Quickr Connectors — SNAPP’s PandaBear does provide a partial workaround for Linux and Mac users Microsoft Office
This is the big one. In an environment where documents are going back and forth between organizations for frequent revision this is a big obstacle. Minor reformatting might not be noticed on a finished document going back and forth between MS Office and a suite such as LibreOffice, OpenOffice or Symphony. And finished documents should go as pdf, which the free suites do very well. But when the document goes back and forth multiple times for editing even very minor differences get magnified. And the problem is made worse by limited support for the newer MS Office formats.
Yes, there are sometimes issues going between Office 2003 and newer versions, and between Mac and Windows versions. But that doesn’t change the fact, business users want their MS Office. Cisco IP Communicator (soft phone)
It’s also not available for Macintosh. Novell Client
This is probably a fairly obscure requirement these days, and again more for administrators than end users. Users can easily access volumes on Novell Open Enterprise Server just as they would any Windows or Samba file share. Found in the process of compiling this list: There’s a command line program, rdesktop, included in Open SUSE that allows you to connect via Remote Desktop to a Windows computer. Not a big deal for the average user but very important for us systems administrators. Works fine but to use it from home I still need to get a VPN client working. That’s at least theoretically available but still hunting for the right combination for my system.