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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: Novell Shows Off
by DirtyHarry on Wed 1st Feb 2006 22:12 UTC in reply to "Novell Shows Off"
DirtyHarry
Member since:
2006-01-31

What it even makes it sadder that the demoed MP3 player is really not the best that there is on Linux.

Amarok is by far the better (al be it subjective from my side :-) mp3 player...

But what is interesting is that they have decided to include a MP3 decoder from the start. And that IS news. There's no linux distribution at the moment that plays MP3 out of the box...

And the desktop? Novell should have choosen KDE. Than they could really shine on the desktop and present some inovative applications.

A Windows user will laugh us in the face when you present him with the default Gnome burner app... But with K3B he/she will feel comfortable...

Ok. Well. Maybe in a few years.... If Google wants to help.....

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RE[2]: Novell Shows Off
by tristan on Wed 1st Feb 2006 22:20 in reply to "RE: Novell Shows Off"
tristan Member since:
2006-02-01

There's no linux distribution at the moment that plays MP3 out of the box...

There are many Linux distros that have support for MP3 (and more) out of the box. The thing they all have in common is that you have to pay for them.

If NLD becomes the first free Linux distro to ship an MP3 decoder, then that is pretty big news.

I want some XGL screenshots...

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RE[3]: Novell Shows Off
by moleskine on Wed 1st Feb 2006 22:50 in reply to "RE[2]: Novell Shows Off"
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2005-11-05

There are many Linux distros that have support for MP3 (and more) out of the box. The thing they all have in common is that you have to pay for them.

You don't have to pay for Debian. And with a light flick of an apt-get it will support your favourite dvds out of the box (or, at least, out of their repositories) as well.

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RE[3]: Novell Shows Off
by Morty on Thu 2nd Feb 2006 00:27 in reply to "RE[2]: Novell Shows Off"
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2005-07-06

There are many Linux distros that have support for MP3 (and more) out of the box. The thing they all have in common is that you have to pay for them.

Bull, there are lots of Linux distributions with support for MP3 out of the box which you don't have to pay anything for. The biggest one goes by the name Mandriva (yes in the no cost version too), and there are several others.


If NLD becomes the first free Linux distro to ship an MP3 decoder

As already stated it's not, and NLD is one of those you have to pay for btw. So it's already excluded by your previous argument.

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RE[3]: Novell Shows Off
by Dark_Knight on Thu 2nd Feb 2006 16:11 in reply to "RE[2]: Novell Shows Off"
Dark_Knight Member since:
2005-07-10

Tristan,

Re: "If NLD becomes the first free Linux distro to ship an MP3 decoder, then that is pretty big news."

To clarify for those not familiar with Novell Linux Desktop (NLD) Novell is targeting the enterprise sector such as businesses, education institutions and governments not home consumers. So this means no "free" NLD as they will not at this time provide an entirely open source version. Those wanting to use strictly open source SUSE Linux can obtain it from OpenSUSE.org but it will lack proprietory software/codecs.

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RE[2]: Novell Shows Off
by Dark_Knight on Thu 2nd Feb 2006 05:10 in reply to "RE: Novell Shows Off"
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2005-07-10

Re: "But what is interesting is that they have decided to include a MP3 decoder from the start. And that IS news. There's no linux distribution at the moment that plays MP3 out of the box."

Actually SUSE Linux 10 retail version plays MP3 files "out of the box" as you called it. Where as the OSS version of SUSE Linux available from OpenSUSE.org does not include any proprietory software/codecs. While the codecs can be obtained through various methods online most consumers are happy to purchase a complete distribution where little set-up is required. Also it's nice getting included technical support and printed Admin/User manuals with the retail version which can help new Linux users migrate.

To clarify for those not familiar with Novell Linux Desktop (NLD) Novell is targeting the enterprise sector such as businesses, education institutions and governments not home consumers.

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