It's been approximately a year since Novell Inc. absorbed Ximian Inc. and SuSE Linux AG, a pair of acquisitions that netted Novell a popular Linux distribution, a team of desktop-focused Linux developers and a central position in the growing enterprise Linux market.

eWEEK Labs tested Novell Linux Desktop 9, the first specifically Novell-branded Linux operating system to ship since the company began flying its penguin flag, and we found the product to be as capable and well-made as any desktop Linux distribution we've seen yet.

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