Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Feb 2006 22:52 UTC, submitted by Jane Walker
Novell and Ximian Novell plans to release a beta for its Linux Desktop 10 including new features offering better interoperability with Microsoft Office and Open Office, said Ted Haeger, Novell's director of user communities, at the Southern California Linux Expo. The beta, tentatively scheduled for release next month, will include a new feature, dubbed Xgl. Haeger said Xgl will allow users to jump between screens and multiple desktops. Targeted to CAD software users, Xgl has a practical side that allows users to have better window- and file-sharing capabilities.
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2005-07-06

Goodness. Is there anyone at Novell who can't talk crap, or a CTO somewhere that actually knows what's going on? Small wonder Alan Nugent left.

Haeger said Xgl will allow users to jump between screens and multiple desktops.

Yay! Oh, hang on. I'm doing that now.

Targeted to CAD software users

Yay! Oh damn. Where's the CAD software?

Xgl has a practical side that allows users to have better window- and file-sharing capabilities.

Yay! Err, better filesharing capabilities?

The planned Novell desktop package, which incorporates OpenOffice, includes support for Visual Basic macros used in Excel.

So no OpenDocument promotion then?

Better integration with OpenOffice will allow Linux Desktop 10 to use what Haeger described as "native theming." That means OpenOffice will automatically adopt the use of icons similar to that of the native operating system...

Yay. Oh, already have that.

For people to start adopting Linux [on the desktop], it's not just about the applications; it's about the feel as well as the applications...

Err, no actually. It's about the applications.

All this is meant to be more personal so that people get an attachment to the desktop. And that can help drive us forward [with] more and more apps and lower prices.

Stunning strategy there. Where are these lower prices going to come from?

AppArmor -- which Haegar called a "prophylactic for your applications"

Oooohhhh....

Microsoft documents sealed with Microsoft encryption can be opened on OpenOffice.

Cementing Microsoft Office more. What happens when Microsoft starts using a TPM for this stuff?

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