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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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RE[2]: Videos, MP3s?
by aseigo on Wed 1st Feb 2006 21:12 UTC
aseigo
Member since:
2005-07-06

> Linux has not been able to play MP3s out of the
> box for legal reason

untrue, actually. red hat, suse, mandriva, etc, have not, but there are more linux offerings out there than just them.

linspire has offered mp3 as well as wmv for some time now. check out their format compatibility page:

http://www.linspire.com/products_linspire_whatis.php?tab=compatibil...

i know it's hard to keep up with everything that's been happening in the open source space, but one would expect Novell as an entity to know. i wonder if Nat was misquoted or if he's just unaware ...

not that i'd be surprised. their "director of the linux program office" was unaware of what freedesktop.org was when i spoke with him at a conference last month, even though he spoke about the open source desktop in his presentation. =)

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RE[3]: Videos, MP3s?
by segedunum on Wed 1st Feb 2006 22:15 in reply to "RE[2]: Videos, MP3s?"
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

linspire has offered mp3 as well as wmv for some time now.

I'm not sure how Linspire helping Microsoft to bolster wider support for their own proprietary formats is going to help anyone........

but one would expect Novell as an entity to know. i wonder if Nat was misquoted or if he's just unaware ...

You're kidding? No one else is doing anything apart from Novell ;-).

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RE[4]: Videos, MP3s?
by superstoned on Thu 2nd Feb 2006 09:58 in reply to "RE[3]: Videos, MP3s?"
superstoned Member since:
2005-07-07

i don't think novell is to blame, its more Nat i guess. notice you always read stuff like "The Linux user environment has ..." and stuff like that, while they're talking about gnome. gnome is not A desktop environment for linux, and GTK is not A graphical linux toolkit, no.... gnome is THE (one and only) desktop environment, idem dito GTK is THE graphical toolkit for linux.

now i wouldn't say that if i where a gnome developer, or writing an announcement for gnome - its most likely used by less users than 'the other DE', and it has a minority of FOSS developers (yes, most gnome dev's are be payed for their work, and KDE is done by volunteers).

anyway, this might not be to blame on the gnomes at all - the development of Gnome is mostly steered by Red Hat and Novell - money money money. so its mostly big $$ corporate PR talk coming from official gnome announcements, generally speaking. i think gnome (at least its users) would be better of without Red Hat and Novell...

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