Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Feb 2006 18:37 UTC, submitted by Fusion
X11, Window Managers "Novell is announcing its contribution of the Xgl graphics subsystem and the 'Compiz' compositing manager to the project. These enhancements open up a whole world of hardware acceleration, fancy animation, separating hardware resolution from software resolution, and more. As a result, Linux desktops will become more usable, end-user productivity will increase, and Linux is firmly positioned at the forefront of client computing technology." Videos and screenshots are included in the press release. And on a related note, Dan Winship of Novell has explained on gnome-desktop-devel why Novell worked on all this behind closed doors-- and this also applies to the striking similarity between Novell's mockups from December and Nat Friedman's videos. The changes made to GNOME will all be released back.
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Enterprise desktop?
by michi on Tue 7th Feb 2006 21:31 UTC
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As far as I understand, NLD 10 is an enterprise desktop. Why does an enterprise desktop actually need fancy 3D effects? As a long time linux desktop user I am glad that Novell is contributing to XGL, but I don't really see how this is useful for an enterprise desktop.

I am also a KDE user myself and I am not very happy that Novell bought one of the major KDE based distros and is no degrading KDE to a second class citizen. I think this is a mistake. KDE was really what made SUSE special and now Novell turns it into just another GNOME distro. There is no real reason anymore to chose NLD/SUSE over Redhat/Fedora or Ubuntu.

And I also think it is quite unfortunate that Nat Friedmann (and to a lesser extend Miguel de Icaza) are anti-KDE (at least that is my impression). I have seen lots of former SUSE (KDE) users in forums complaining about them. This splits the community. But for the success of Linux on the desktop, GNOME and KDE have to cooperate. People will not use Linux on the desktop because of some fancy graphical effects. In the end applications matter and it is a matter of fact that some of the best Linux applications are KDE/Qt applications like k3b, scribus, amorok. Of course one can try to recreate them using Gnome/gtk, but this is a total waste of resources which could be used much better in other areas. In my opinion it is absolutely necessary to integrate KDE/Qt apps in GNOME as good as possible (and of course Gnome/gtk apps into KDE), because a desktop with a mixed set of applications (say firefox, oo, k3b, amorok, inkscape, gimp, krita) will be superior to a pure KDE/Gnome desktop. KDE applications in Gnome should use the Gnome theme and the Gnome file selector (for example) and the other way round. And in this respect it is really bad that many KDE users/developers actually have the impression that Nat Friedmann and Miguel de Icaza want to harm KDE. I think both should really try to give KDE people the impression that this is not the case. Because in the long run it will hurt linux on the desktop if there is not more corporation between Gnome and KDE.

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