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Novell and Ximian A demonstration of the next release of Novell's Linux for desktops drew cheers and applause Wednesday, although the final version of the software is not expected for some months. Nat Friedman, the company's vice president of Linux desktop engineering, showed Novell Linux Desktop 10 playing videos and MP3 music files, and exchanging music and photos with an iPod and a digital camera, in a keynote presentation at the Solutions Linux conference and trade show on the outskirts of Paris.
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RE[3]: Videos, MP3s?
by segedunum on Wed 1st Feb 2006 21:07 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Videos, MP3s?"
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What is your vision for desktop Linux?

Not this ;-). Dan Kegel has outlined an absolute tip of the iceberg as to what's wrong, and forking out for dodgy MP3 patent licenses, copying stuff to an iPod and copying pictures to a web site doesn't cover any of it.

It would simply take too long to explain, because it involves ignoring the desktop for a while and concentrating on trying to cement open source software's place on the server-side of things. And no, that hasn't happened. Want to know why people feel there should be a drop-in, totally compatible replacement for Exchange and people want desktop Linux to fit into an Active Directory network? There's your problem. You then build that infrastructure up to something usable that will make people ignore Windows Server, and that gives you the right open backdrop for developing an open source desktop and the right infrastructure to support it.

Boring I know, and not as exciting as playing a few MP3s, but there it is.

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