Linked by on Wed 1st Feb 2006 19:53 UTC
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]: Novell Shows Off
by Dark_Knight on Thu 2nd Feb 2006 05:10 UTC in reply to "RE: Novell Shows Off"
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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 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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