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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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What's new there ?
by dukeinlondon on Thu 2nd Feb 2006 16:09 UTC
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2005-07-06

Linspire provides a fully licensed multimedia platform. Not open source but many commercial distro distribute commercially licensed wares despite being fully committed to open source, like Mandriva and others.

Connecting a camera and uploading to Flickr ? I do that already (to my delight) but here again nothing new.

The question is why demonstrate all that for a corporate desktop ? What about granular desktop configuration permissioning, a further push to help openoffice compatibility with MS Office and crucially a Access application porting tool ? What about a competitor to Adobe Acrobat (not just the reader I mean) and a competitive OCR software ?

What about getting people like SAGE to release their most popular wares for linux desktop ? (a unified packaging system would probably help by the way) Encouraging HP and Xerox to make their small office copier/printers fully compatible with Linux….

That’s a lot of things that smaller businesses needs.

Big businesses? Forget about it. XP has just finished passing UAT stage where I work and that because of the high number of old applications that are problematic on XP. XP will probably be not be deployed internally by the time Vista is released commercially. But we are moving away from Solaris to Linux for quite a few applications so, it’s not like Linux is losing everything there either…

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RE: What's new there ?
by Dark_Knight on Thu 2nd Feb 2006 16:29 in reply to "What's new there ?"
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2005-07-10

Re: "Linspire provides a fully licensed multimedia platform. Not open source but many commercial distro distribute commercially licensed wares despite being fully committed to open source, like Mandriva and others.

Connecting a camera and uploading to Flickr ? I do that already (to my delight) but here again nothing new.

The question is why demonstrate all that for a corporate desktop ? What about granular desktop configuration permissioning, a further push to help openoffice compatibility with MS Office and crucially Access application porting tool ? What about a competitor to Adobe Acrobat (not just the reader I mean) and a competitive OCR software ?"


It was a poorly written article as it did not really release any information on what's new in NLD 10 other than trying to make it seem important that is now offers MP3 support. The reason I say it was poorly written was because it also didn't cover any of the other enterprise solutions Novell provides.

Anyway regarding your comment on comparison to Linspire. The company Linspire Inc at this time is no where near at the level of offering a complete enterprise solution as Novell. For example I don't see anything on Linspire Inc's site that compares to Novell iFolder, Novell AppArmor or their server solutions.

If you want to see how NLD differs from Linspire then all you need to do is read here http://www.novell.com/products/desktop/ Since NLD 10 isn't released yet if you're interested then you can see what is similar by looking over the current version or even contacting Novell.

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RE: What's new there ?
by superstoned on Thu 2nd Feb 2006 19:35 in reply to "What's new there ?"
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2005-07-07

desktop permissions? you mean something like KIOSK? that's in Novell's offering, tough it only works for KDE apps. or you mean stuff like ACL? again, only KDE afaik. but gnome will catch up.

anyway, novell is putting a lot of work in server-related stuff, and i guess they spend time thinking about corporate needs like KIOSK and ACL's, so they will end up in gnome - after some time. or the companies buying Novell/Suse will just continue to use KDE ;-)

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RE[2]: What's new there ?
by Mitarai on Thu 2nd Feb 2006 19:43 in reply to "RE: What's new there ?"
Mitarai Member since:
2005-07-28

desktop permissions? you mean something like KIOSK?

KIOS is the more overrated tool, it is limited to KDE desktop and KDE applitions, it is ok for internet cafes, but for enterprices, never.

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