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Jun 16, 2006, 20:30 (7 Talkback[s])
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" At LinuxWorld Canada 2006, I sat down with Ross Chevalier, Chief Technology Officer of Novell Canada, Ltd, who wanted to talk about why 2006 is finally the year of Linux on the desktop. Or, more precisely, 'The Year of Adoption for an Enterprise Linux Desktop.' Our discussion mostly centered how it was the many desktop advances Novell managed for the release of SuSE 10.1 that will bring this year about. Some of these are related to the Better Desktop Initiative, a project Novell started in late 2005. Others are related to various technologies Novell decided to integrate into their latest release.

"In October 2005, Novell announced the Better Desktop Initiative, whose goal is to obtain and share data regarding desktop 'usability.' Usability is, according to the Usability Professionals' Association 'the degree to which something--software, hardware, or anything else--is easy to use and a good fit for the people who use it.' Essentially, it is a measure of how easy the item is to use and how efficiently it allows people to get things done..."

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