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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So why don't we write off, say, Ubuntu, Mandriva, Mepis and Fedora while we're about it?

Because they actually have people using them.

Given the whole Novell group's financial problems, I'd agree that announcing some changes in their next release might amount to shifting around the deckchairs, if that's what you were getting at.

Well not really. It's just there's nothing compelling in there, and at least, there's nothing in there that's going to make Novell any money. A lot of the desktop work can actually be used to give their servers top-notch graphical tools to make Novell's software really compelling, but alas, there is nothing.

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