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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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Something Productive
by segedunum on Thu 2nd Feb 2006 00:50 UTC
segedunum
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2005-07-06

If you all want something productive to do with your time, a decent discussion point and want some background and a pretty good starting point on some of the things I've banged on about (to a deaf post) I can heartily recommend John H. Terpstra's (he of Samba fame) presentation called "Linux: The Business Opportunity" available here:

http://tposscon.com/audio.php

There's even an Ogg file for those of you without MP3 support :-).

John is as close as anyone has got to groking what's happening and what needs to happen. And yes, in that presentation he does say that Linux and open source companies like Novell, and even Red Hat, will disappear unless they change, actually compete, tackle the difficult issues head on and get out of their comfort zones.

It's not desktop related per se, but he gives an awful lot of quality background into what needs to change in order to cement Linux and open source software's position on the server-side (yes, a hell of a lot still needs to be done) to lay the groundwork to make the open source desktop work and an acceptable proposition for businesses and organisatons. People see the server-side as a done deal for open source software. Not so I'm afraid.

Not suprisingly, paying for MP3 support due to patents and copying image files to flickr do not feature high on the list of potential todos......

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RE: Something Productive
by tristan on Thu 2nd Feb 2006 01:32 in reply to "Something Productive"
tristan Member since:
2006-02-01

John is as close as anyone has got to groking what's happening and what needs to happen.

Shall I assume that you meant "John is as close to anyone has got to agreeing with me"?

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RE[2]: Something Productive
by segedunum on Thu 2nd Feb 2006 10:11 in reply to "Something Productive"
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

Shall I assume that you meant "John is as close to anyone has got to agreeing with me"?

Why, have you listened to it? He, he, he. You can say that about anyone, including yourself. It's extremely easy to sit in an ivory tower and shout "flame" and "troll". The difference is that you haven't described what the problems are and where people should really be focusing their efforts ;-).

Shall I assume that you don't like some of the home truths, you simply don't like some of the things that that might pointed out or you don't want to hear that what Red Hat, Sun or even Novell are doing desktop-wise is just meaningless fluff?

Edited 2006-02-02 10:25

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RE[3]: Something Productive
by chris_dk on Thu 2nd Feb 2006 12:44 in reply to "RE[2]: Something Productive"
chris_dk Member since:
2005-07-12

Well, I have listened to it, and John says that Red Hat and Novell are targeting the wrong market: the enterprise market.

John also says that the correct market to target is the small to medium business users. He does not talk about desktop linux. You, segedunum, are a troll.

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