Linked by on Wed 1st Feb 2006 19:53 UTC
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[2]: Videos, MP3s?
by abraxas on Thu 2nd Feb 2006 02:02 UTC in reply to "RE: Videos, MP3s?"
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Extremely sadly, and with some regret, I have to agree with you. Playing MP3s, viewing pictures and doing something, not completely special, but pre-planned with them - all using the next version of a distribution that isn't selling and that absolutely no one outside of Novell uses?!

I can only wonder why you wouldn't think this is a good thing. One of the biggest complaints about Linux on the desktop was the inability to do just these types of things. Sure they seem trivial but it is one less obstacle in the way of acceptance on the desktop. If you haven't noticed Linux has been gaining popularity on the desktop for years now. I'm glad joe user can finally do things like this. After all computers have become more and more about media like music, movies, and pictures, in recent years. This along with the development of XGL will hopefully put Linux on par (and even surpass in some areas) Windows and OSX.

I guess it's just kinda funny that when Apple allows you to do all these things in such an easy way people rave but when Linux does it it is unimpressive.

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