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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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.

I'm not quite sure what your animus is. Novell aren't delivering anything different from most other Linux distros, though arguably they do it better than a lot of folks. So why don't we write off, say, Ubuntu, Mandriva, Mepis and Fedora while we're about it? And in terms of underwriting open source development, Novell are probably doing more than all those others added together.

Given the whole Novell group's financial problems, I'd agree that announcing some changes in their next release might amount to shifting around the deckchairs, if that's what you were getting at. Or perhaps that Novell might be better off it they did do it all differently. For all that, SuSE has always been and still is a topflight distro, imho.

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