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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 tristan on Wed 1st Feb 2006 22:28 UTC in reply to "Novell Shows Off"
tristan
Member since:
2006-02-01

Even folks who like Linux don't really think it's going to be rescued by an mp3 player.

Rescued? What exactly does desktop Linux need rescuing from? Usage is *increasing*, isn't it?

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RE[2]: Novell Shows Off
by rayiner on Thu 2nd Feb 2006 00:14 in reply to "RE: Novell Shows Off"
rayiner Member since:
2005-07-06

It's a myth that Linux-haters are trying to spread. They act as if Linux has "failed" on the desktop, when in reality its market share growth is outpacing everything else. HP by itself sells about 1m Linux desktops every year, about 1/4 of Apple's total 2005 sales (and Apple had a great year in 2005).

I think Americans in general underestimate the success Linux has had on the desktop, for a number of reasons. First, they probably don't see the hundreds of thousands of Linux desktops at work in universities, engineering firms, etc. Second, a huge percentage of Linux desktop sales are in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Of HP's 1m Linux desktops per year, only 15% are sold within the United States. Meanwhile, they see Apple's healthy US sales, and assume that the success translates to all other markets. Of course, Apple's sales outside the US are much lower than they are inside the US. Indeed, Apple sells far fewer machines in Europe than in the United States, even though Europe is a bigger overall market for PCs. Its sales in Asia (including Japan), the Middle East, and Africa are by comparison tiny.

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RE[3]: Novell Shows Off
by makfu on Thu 2nd Feb 2006 00:20 in reply to "RE[2]: Novell Shows Off"
makfu Member since:
2005-12-18


HP by itself sells about 1m Linux desktops every year


Source please?

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RE[3]: Novell Shows Off
by ronaldst on Thu 2nd Feb 2006 01:04 in reply to "RE[2]: Novell Shows Off"
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2005-06-29

When Linux gets past Windows 95 in functionality and usability, THEN linux will be ok for desktop. Other than that it's just another case of pure drivel from the OSS "SOS" fanatics.

Linux on the desktop isn't even close to being there.

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RE[2]: Novell Shows Off
by sean batten on Thu 2nd Feb 2006 16:29 in reply to "RE: Novell Shows Off"
sean batten Member since:
2005-07-06

Rescued? What exactly does desktop Linux need rescuing from? Usage is *increasing*, isn't it?

It's not exactly difficult for desktop Linux numbers to increase given that they started from zero only 10 years (or so) ago...!

Seriously though, desktop Linux needs rescuing from itself. It'd have far more chance of succeeding if it could focus on one desktop manager. All the KDE/Gnome/*insert others* managers don't help. Linux needs to focus on one desktop manager that all applications happily run under.

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