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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 Thu 2nd Feb 2006 09:51 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Videos, MP3s?"
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One of the biggest complaints about Linux on the desktop was the inability to do just these types of things.

I've been able to do those things on a Linux distribution for years, and it's only recently that it has suddenly become a problem. What's new now?

Basically what's happened is that in trying to get people to move internally to the NLD Novell have encountered problems with a lot of people using their computers for things that, strictly speaking, they shouldn't be doing. Namely, plugging their iPod in, copying MP3s, doing things with their photo collection and playing with eye candy in the form of wibbly, wobbly windows. Perhaps they're trying desperately to convince people that desktop Linux will work for them, trying to convince them to actually use it and/or get them to use Gnome. Who knows?

It's nice that people can do those things, but considering what the NLD is actually supposed to do and what it's aimed for as a product this demonstration seems somewhat out of sync.

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