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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[6]: segedenum
by thebluesgnr on Thu 2nd Feb 2006 21:39 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: segedenum"
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"but there is more under the sun than having a nicely laid out application and less features."

If you'd like to convince yourself that having a usable interface is the same as having less features, please go right ahead. I won't bother to comment on this.

"things like KIOSK features and ACL support,"

There's actually a patch to add ACL support to gnome-vfs (written by someone from Sun btw). I wasn't sure what KIOSK is, but after reading a quick description a KDE web site I can say it's something GConf provides by design, and in the 2.14 release of GNOME there will be an admin suite to make it easier to use these features for administrators.

"Kparts."

You probably know that Bonobo is part of the GNOME platform, but there's a move away from it on the desktop modules, which is actually a UI design decision. The idea of a universal application is something that KDE does with Konqueror and GNOME intends to avoid.

"and integration of Gnome apps with GTK-Qt theme engine (you can better run Gnome apps in KDE than the opposite, speed and look&feel wise). "

GTK+ can use Qt (or Windows libraries) to draw widgets but the "feel" is still GTK+. I have no idea if Qt has this level of flexibility, but if not someone could "fix this" by porting Clearlooks to Qt. I don't know if there's interest to do this.

"and i think a company rather pays for Qt and its support and have a better toolkit than using GTK. by the way, if they don't sell their software, they don't have to pay at all, so why care? "

If you think a company would rather pay Trolltech to have to do more work porting a .NET application to Qt compared to porting it to Mono/GTK# you're just being a fanboy. Non-.NET apps can be ported to GTK+, gtkmm or even pygtk also without paying. It makes the Novell products more attractive if they don't have to depend on Trolltech to provide a very basic feature.

"gnome has some cathing up to do in areas like cd burning and music playing. and KPDF kicks ass, too."

Actually, no. Specifically in Novell's next release, Banshee is reponsible for writing music CD's and Nautilus for writing data CD's. I don't know if KPDF kicks ass but I certainly don't see anything missing in Evince, which can also view .ps files. I haven't used any education apps for either GNOME or KDE but I hear KDE is very good, indeed.

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