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InfoWorld: Eazel readies graphical environment for Linux

Dec 01, 2000, 00:27 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ed Scannell)

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"Perhaps the most compelling part of Preview Release 2 (PR2) of the Eazel environment are the two services woven into the graphical shell that can access back-end services."

"The first of these tools, Software Catalog, allows desktop users to install software over the Web from a Linux library with one click of the mouse. The second, Eazel Online Storage, makes it easy for desktop users to store files on the Web and share them remotely using just a browser."

"Over time, what we can do with these services is intelligently look at what is on your desktop and decide whether it is good thing or a bad thing for you to load a piece of software from the Web," Croll said. "If you are missing something you need to run that software, the system can go out and find it so you can load it," Croll said."

"Company officials believe Linux users cannot live on snappy graphical interfaces alone. It is the coupling of the interface with smooth access to back-end services that will prove to be its major contribution to help root Linux on the desktop."

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