> With Red Hat moving out of the desktop, it could be a great
> opportunity for Novell. There's probably organizations that would
> like to move everything over to Linux, including all the desktops,
> and Novell would be well positioned to make the file, print, and
> directory services fairly seamless. I don't know about the home
> market, though, that's where a clear migration path from Red Hat
> might be useful.
> I concur with mr. bearden.. I'm surprised I didn't
> hear more of a splash.. . one can only hope that this
> will thrust linux into more hands..
Is anyone in oss4lib-land using the Ximian desktop? As I get older and
less tweaky, I find the idea of something like Ximian more attractive
for myself. But I'm also curious about its suitability for public
and staff workstation duty in libraries.
From: Richard Crawford <rscrawford@mo...> - 2003-11-07 23:30:34
Chuck Bearden said:
> Is anyone in oss4lib-land using the Ximian desktop? As I get older and
> less tweaky, I find the idea of something like Ximian more attractive
> for myself. But I'm also curious about its suitability for public and
> staff workstation duty in libraries.
I've been using the Ximian Desktop for just over two years now, since eve=
before they made it an official release. I would say that it's pretty
durn good, though there are a few issues that need to be cleared up. The
Evolution e-mail/calendar client is outstanding -- my favorite e-mail
client on any platform ever, far superior in functionality and usability
to Outlook. I wouldn't hesitate in installing it on a staff workstation,
though I'd probably start with just one and see how that goes. I'd
recommend also replacing the Ximian shipped version of OpenOffice.org wit=
the more recent 1.1 version, and replacing the Ximian-shipped version of
Mozilla with the latest release of Firebird (but that's just me --
Ximian's "official" browser is Galeon, which is perfectly acceptable).
I've been using Ximian on Red Hat 7.2 and 8 on the 2.4.2 kernel. A few
issues, as I said, but overall quite impressive. With proper security an=
passwording in place, there's not much the users can do to mess up the
computer (they could mess up their own accounts, of course).
And the number one reason for using XD with Evolution: no more downtime
while you repair the servers and everyone's computer because someone
thought that they should install that software patch that Microsoft had
sent to them
Richard S. Crawford
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