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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[6]: Videos, MP3s?
by miguel on Fri 3rd Feb 2006 20:30 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Videos, MP3s?"
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So tell us, how does playing with iPods, MP3s, photo collections and eye candy help increase office-productivity and give any enterprise customer confidence in NLD meeting their needs?

There are many reasons.

For instance, customers that use a Linux Desktop will complain if they can not listen to music while they are working. We might have different opinions about productivity [1] and listening to music, but if your Linux will not play music it is just out of consideration in many enterprise deployments.

In general, this is a matter of "You have to be this tall to ride". Both Windows and MacOS have raised the bar on what people expect on a desktop computer to do out of the box.

A few years ago a vendor could sell a computer with nothing but MSDOS and as its interface. The requirements today are much larger, people expect more.

Photo management is something important to many people using computers, it is just a common place activity and its only going to become more common. Having a solid tool to manage is just part of having a complete offering on the desktop.

Besides, the productivity of Mono is so large that it was possible to write F-spot not only on record time, but have it done by a single engineer.

We are more productive with Mono than with anythign else.

[1] PeopleWare argues effectively that listening to music while doing certain kinds of tasks reduces the effectiveness of your brain.

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