Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 15th Feb 2006 22:52 UTC, submitted by Jane Walker
Novell and Ximian Novell plans to release a beta for its Linux Desktop 10 including new features offering better interoperability with Microsoft Office and Open Office, said Ted Haeger, Novell's director of user communities, at the Southern California Linux Expo. The beta, tentatively scheduled for release next month, will include a new feature, dubbed Xgl. Haeger said Xgl will allow users to jump between screens and multiple desktops. Targeted to CAD software users, Xgl has a practical side that allows users to have better window- and file-sharing capabilities.
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Interesting
by rayiner on Wed 15th Feb 2006 23:55 UTC
rayiner
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2005-07-06

Novell has surely found an interesting way to get XGL development jumpstarted. By shipping the massive hack that is Xglx (its an X server that runs full screen inside another full X server), they could very well spur development of Xegl. It might very well break the deadlock that exists with Xegl right now, where there is little demand for DRI-EGL to be developed, because nothing uses it, and there is little incentive for XGL to be developed, because DRI-EGL isn't ready yet. I'll be interested to see how this works out for them.

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RE: Interesting
by kaiwai on Thu 16th Feb 2006 02:02 in reply to "Interesting"
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2005-07-06

That was my reaction - how can Novell be so willing to ship a product that wouldn't have had the necessary depth and breadth of testing one would require for such an crically important foundation to an operating system?

I would have thought the best thing to do would have been to ship Novell Linux Desktop 10 with the basic Xorg 7.0 server, then in the first service pack; around 4-6months later, bundle Xgl withit.

A good amount of XGL is already done (having had a look at the progress), but at the same time, it'll also need a good amount of testing to work through any bugs and gotchas that don't normally turn up in every occasion - aka, the random spontaneous bugs.

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RE[2]: Interesting
by halfmanhalfamazing on Thu 16th Feb 2006 04:35 in reply to "RE: Interesting"
halfmanhalfamazing Member since:
2005-07-23

Depends on how you look at it. SUSE is being positioned much the same way that Fedora has been positioned.

Basically they're using us as a large group of bug testers. Not that I mind, nor do I think that the large crowd of linux junkies/technology/whores mind. They'll get a kick out of it.

That probably works out in all of our favors'. Novell is gonna need plenty of bug testing work on this, they only have so many resources. If we do the bug testing they can spend more time coding thus accelerating the progression of Xgl.

Unless I'm way off................. :-P

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RE[2]: Interesting
by abraxas on Thu 16th Feb 2006 13:05 in reply to "RE: Interesting"
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2005-07-07

I would have thought the best thing to do would have been to ship Novell Linux Desktop 10 with the basic Xorg 7.0 server, then in the first service pack; around 4-6months later, bundle Xgl withit.

This is only a beta. This will give people a chance to take a look at it and give bug reports and fixes. The final release won't be for at least 4-6 months, so I don't really see an issue with what they are doing.

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