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    Senior Member gore's Avatar
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    Novell Linux Desktop 10. There is no release of it yet but the show they had aloud people to get a glimpse of what Novell had up it's sleeve.

    The forthcoming desktop Linux distribution also includes features for business users, such as software for translating Visual Basic macros in Microsoft Excel spreadsheet documents into their equivalent in StarBasic, the macro language used by the open-source productivity suite.

    For the average home user, existing Linux distributions suffer from one major flaw: they can't play MP3-format music files out of the box. This is because the MP3 encoding system is patented, and the system for licensing the patent is incompatible with the GPL open source license under which Linux is distributed, Friedman says.

    To get around that, Novell has developed its own MP3 player software, Banshee, for which it has licensed the patents. The software will be available under an open-source license, but not the GPL, he says. To demonstrate Banshee, he connected an iPod nano music player to the USB port of his laptop. Immediately, the software recognized the device, adding the music it contained to the playlist and allowing him to play one of the tracks.

    "Now we have a legal way to do this for free that's open source," he says.

    Novell has also included software that recognizes when a digital camera is connected to the PC, and offers to transfer images from the camera's memory to an application called F-Spot, where they can be cataloged, edited, or posted to a Web site.

    Friedman also wowed the audience with the capabilities of an open-source graphics subsystem, XGL, the development of which Novell has been supporting since it hired programmer David Reveman early last year. He began playing a movie file and then showed how the window containing it could be folded, distorted or turned into a thumbnail view, all while the movie continued to play.

    The code for XGL developed at Novell will be made available next week, Friedman says. However, Reveman has already returned some of it to the open-source development community, according to bulletin board postings.

    Novell is expected to release the finished version of Novell Linux Desktop 10 at the same time as it releases the next enterprise version of SuSE Linux.

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    Cool stuff I hoope they include it in Open Suse. Not that I mind paying for a good os like Suse.
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