Ximian Rolls Out New Linux Desktop

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-06-02 Print this article Print

Ximian takes aim at some of Microsoft Corp. Windows' customers, particularly in Europe and South America.

Linux desktop and server solution provider Ximian Inc. will on Monday announce the next major version of its Linux desktop software, Ximian Desktop 2 (see eWEEK Labs review). Ximian is taking aim at some of Microsoft Corp. Windows customers, particularly in Europe and South America. Nat Friedman, the vice president of product development at Ximian, said the new product is designed to offer an alternative to Windows for targeted user populations within the enterprise.
"The public sector, especially in Europe and South America, is increasingly looking to Linux and open source for cost savings. Ximian Desktop 2 will enable enterprise customers to cost-effectively adopt and support Linux desktops.
"It is the culmination of direct feedback from strategic design partners, including enterprise customers and business partners worldwide. The result is an enterprise-ready Linux desktop that is easy to use, supports existing Windows infrastructure, and is affordable to manage," Friedman said. Ximian Desktop 2 provides interoperability with Windows file formats, applications and networks to enable organizations to cost-effectively deploy and maintain Linux, while keeping training costs low, he said. Ximains move to target Microsoft customers on the desktop follows just days after Microsoft lost a lucrative Windows contract with the city of Munich, Germany, to Linux and open-source software. Ximains new desktop product will be available next week, and the Boston, Mass., company will offer a free version for download from its Web site that does not include third-party software or any support. Users who pay $99 for the Ximian Desktop 2 Professional version will get a number of bundled third-party software components, including Agfa fonts, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Macromedia Flash, Real Player, and Java2 Run Time; 30 days of installation support; and high-speed Linux software updates via the Red Carpet Express service for a year.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at www.eweek.com.


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