Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Oct 2006 14:53 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews A few weeks ago, Gael Duval lifted the veil of secrecy surrounding his new project a little bit by 'leaking' some screenshots and information. Obviously, a lot of questions remained, and hence we contacted Gael Duval in order to ask him some basic questions about Ulteo. Read on for the mini-interview.
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Ulteo over modified VNC clients?
by daniel_iversen on Wed 11th Oct 2006 15:33 UTC
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Edited 2006-10-11 15:36

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not very informative
by Flatline on Wed 11th Oct 2006 15:36 UTC
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2006-03-06

He really didn't say much about what sets Ulteo apart from Kubuntu other than the fact that it will apparently have non-KDE software included. Hopefully there will be some more information what will differentiate it (if anything) in the near future.

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Intriguing...
by Punktyras on Wed 11th Oct 2006 15:38 UTC
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2006-01-07

Though I'll stay with Kubuntu for now.

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??
by !dev!null on Wed 11th Oct 2006 15:44 UTC
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I don't see the point. This looks a lot like a thin client based distro, one more.

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RE: ??
by Flatline on Wed 11th Oct 2006 15:55 UTC in reply to "??"
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2006-03-06

Actually, Gael came out and said that this is *not* going to be a thin-client distribution. It will be much closer to Ubuntu, Mandriva, etc.

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Friendly request
by Ronald Vos on Wed 11th Oct 2006 17:48 UTC
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If a product is discussed that presumably not everyone knows about, could a simple description of say, a line long, be included in the summary?

Saves having to click to another story from where we have to click to yet another page.

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RE: Friendly request
by TownDrunk on Wed 11th Oct 2006 19:26 UTC in reply to "Friendly request"
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Saves having to click to another story from where we have to click to yet another page.

But then you will miss seeing all the ads...

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Well
by Joe User on Wed 11th Oct 2006 22:42 UTC
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He had an opportunity to convince us and to tell us what makes Ulteo different. He didn't.

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RE: Well
by Brendan on Thu 12th Oct 2006 07:31 UTC in reply to "Well"
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2005-11-16

If Ulteo does do something different, then it'll probably be ported or implemented in other Linux distros shortly after anyway.

At the end of the day, it'll be yet another slightly incompatible "yawn", to further confuse people considering using "Linux" and annoy developers who are trying to maintain (already large) auto-configure scripts.

Did I mention I can predict the future? In the year 2020 the number of people using each OS for desktop and server purposes will go something like this:

Windows, 70%
OS X, 20%
Misc BSD, almost none
Solarix, almost none
Ulteo, almost none
Redhat, almost none
Gentoo, almost none
Kubuntu/Ubunto, almost none
Mandriva, almost none
Debain, almost none
Knoppix, almost none
Slackware, almost none
Yellog Dog, almost none
Fedora, almost none
Other (misc. alternative), almost none

Of course I may be wrong - one day these fools might actually start thinking and we might see something like this instead:

Standard Linux, 55%
Windows, 30%
OS X, 10%
Misc BSD, almost none
Solarix, almost none
Other (misc. alternative), almost none

I guess that's one of the "5 freedoms" though - everyone is free to turn it into a fragmented mess.... :-)

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RE[2]: Well
by alucinor on Thu 12th Oct 2006 19:09 UTC in reply to "RE: Well"
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How do you propose this "Standard Linux" come about?

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RE[2]: Well
by alucinor on Thu 12th Oct 2006 19:14 UTC in reply to "RE: Well"
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2006-01-06

I should mention that by 2020, the number of users on Indian and Chinese Linux-based OSes will probably outnumber those who can afford OSX or whatever OS Apple is releasing (if any, since it is a business, not a science/tool) at that time.

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Did I miss something?
by arctic on Thu 12th Oct 2006 19:39 UTC
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2006-04-19

"Kubuntu has also turned into the 'de-facto' standard KDE distribution."

From where do you guys have this information? Your imagination? Please don't post such nonsense if you cannot verify it.

PS: Brendan, it is Solaris, not Solarix. ;) Ad I doubt that RedHat will loose its quite significant market share in the server and corporate desktop market anytime soon. They are an established company, even more than Mac that lost quite a lot of its business customers during the last years.

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Sounds like the big difference...
by Moochman on Thu 12th Oct 2006 19:51 UTC
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Is software installation. Based on this interview and others, it sounds like Gael wants to (FINALLY) make a Linux distro with Windows-like installation procedure so that anyone can pick it up and use it without having to understand what makes Linux different. I wouldn't underestimate this man. You must remember that he took plain old Red Hat and made it into a much more consumer-friendly OS, and in fact Mandrake was the very first distro to do so successfully (seeing as Corel ended up leaving the marketplace for quite a few years before Xandros was released based on their code).

Edited 2006-10-12 19:52

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