Novell's faith in Linux (which we saw strongly with its acquisition of SUSE Linux) continues as the company unveils ZENworks for Linux. Compatible with both SUSE Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating systems, the new software also features new imaging, configuration lockdown, remote management, inventory, and software management capabilities.

And while Linux is doing well on the server front, there are still doubts over it as a desktop OS for the time being, with many challenges ahead if the OS is ever to compete with Windows properly for the desktop market.

Linux is a difficult choice on the desktop because good development tools are lacking, said Joe Hartman, an application development manager at HydroChem Industrial Services Inc. in Deer Park, Texas. "We use a lot of homegrown software that would have to be rewritten to go with Linux on the desktop," he said.