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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RE[3]: Interesting
by elsewhere on Thu 16th Feb 2006 15:53 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Interesting"
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This is only a beta. This will give people a chance to take a look at it and give bug reports and fixes. The final release won't be for at least 4-6 months, so I don't really see an issue with what they are doing.

Actually, no, the scheduled release for NLD 10 is May. Assuming late May for the release and early March for the beta, that's still less than 3 months.

And the problem is that if they're releasing it as part of NLD (as opposed to something like openSuse), they can't simply put a disclaimer on it saying "it's experimental, use at your own use". Corporate customers don't like that sort of thing, and will expect NLD to be working and properly supported by Novell from the time it is installed. That's what they'll be paying for.

Novell has actually had this for a while, a buddy of mine saw NLD 10 first demo'd at their sales rally in January. He indicated even back then that the graphics and desktop were stunning, a big change from NLD 9 (which they're all stuck using). Optimistically one would hope that they kept this under wraps as long as they did for semi-exhaustive internal testing and troubleshooting before public release; cynically, one could assume that they held off as long as they did just to make sure they were the first out of the gate with it.

The cospiracists point out that this was released just in time to miss Fedora and Dapper's feature freeze but potentially make it into Opensuse, though in fairness they had announced all along they intended to announce and release it at the conference.

Nothing wrong with that considering the investment they made, but between that and the structural changes they made to the gnome desktop that are all being sprung on people with little notice, it's a gamble that could pay off big or explode in their faces.

Still, I hope for the best.

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