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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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by kaiwai on Fri 3rd Feb 2006 02:06 UTC
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It looks like another example of a company who have made alot of effort to make Linux a great desktop operating system - the only let down, like all those who have tried and failed to get Linux on the desktop, the complete and utter lack of software from the Adobes, Corels, Macromedias and Quickens of the world.

Like I keep saying, there is nothing actually holding Linux back as a desktop operating system - all things being equal, if all the software on Windows suddenly became available for Linux (or some other UNIX like operating system), Windows wouldn't stand a chance BUT the fact remains, people choose their operating system based on what software can run on top of it.

Now sure, I could, if I wanted to, switch over and use KOffice, Quanta+ and a few other goodies from the OSS community BUT for the vast majority of end users out there, they like the software they have, they've spent time learning how to navigate it, they've got files save in that format, and they would rather stick with what they know - Linux in a nutshell is a no-go until that piece of software arrives on Linux from that paticular vendor.

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