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CreativeLinux.com: Linux Desktop: Trash or Treasure?

Aug 28, 2000, 19:25 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Carney)

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"Forget the "KDE or Gnome?" hoopla. At this year's LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in San Jose, California, Digital Content Creation was only concerned with one thing . . . would there be a desktop of any kind in five years, Linux platform or no? It's not so frivolous a concern -- embedded Linux would seem to be the future, and desktop interfaces have been with us longer than any other software . . . they're due to be replaced, according to some. CreativeLinux.com was in the Silicon Valley town during the convention to find out what a few key companies have planned for your Linux desktop future . . ."

"MandrakeSoft's Ouahid Seghirf is a soft-spoken, quietly assured man -- that is, until you ask him about Mandrake's 7.1 release . . . or his feelings about the future of Desktop Linux... Seghirf, VP of Business Development for Mandrakesoft, was eager to point out the new Features of the new 7.1 release of Mandrake Linux, but he was even more eager to express Mandrake's position as a desktop contender."

"Indrema was in some ways the show-stopper of the companies we covered, mostly because they defied easy classifcation at every turn. ...Indrema's pride and joy is a Linux-run set-top box for your TV, with games and other entertainment programming. ... OpenStream is being developed in conjunction with LiViD, which they hope will be THE open-source streaming video architecture of the future, pushing out RealPlayer and Quicktime both, at least as far as Linux is concerned."

"Reactionaries like Richard Stallman will tell you that the desktop is dead in five years. MandrakeSoft's Ouahid Seghir believes it will not disappear but will evolve into a sort of Desktop 2.0. Xi Graphic's David Methvin doesn't care, as long as it's a stable growth platform that will allow hardware to be pushed to the limit."

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