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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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Something Productive
by segedunum on Thu 2nd Feb 2006 00:50 UTC
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If you all want something productive to do with your time, a decent discussion point and want some background and a pretty good starting point on some of the things I've banged on about (to a deaf post) I can heartily recommend John H. Terpstra's (he of Samba fame) presentation called "Linux: The Business Opportunity" available here:

There's even an Ogg file for those of you without MP3 support :-).

John is as close as anyone has got to groking what's happening and what needs to happen. And yes, in that presentation he does say that Linux and open source companies like Novell, and even Red Hat, will disappear unless they change, actually compete, tackle the difficult issues head on and get out of their comfort zones.

It's not desktop related per se, but he gives an awful lot of quality background into what needs to change in order to cement Linux and open source software's position on the server-side (yes, a hell of a lot still needs to be done) to lay the groundwork to make the open source desktop work and an acceptable proposition for businesses and organisatons. People see the server-side as a done deal for open source software. Not so I'm afraid.

Not suprisingly, paying for MP3 support due to patents and copying image files to flickr do not feature high on the list of potential todos......

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