"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
"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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