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

Ximian Desktop 2 is based on the open-source GNOME 2.2 project and supports Windows file formats, networks and standards. It includes Ximians own enhanced version of the productivity suite, which lets users create, edit and save Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Ximians additions to the suite include default Microsoft Office file formats, 800 new icons, user interface enhancements, GNOME desktop theme and font consistency, and the ability to browse, open and save files on remote file systems.
Ximian Desktop 2 also features Ximian Evolution 1.4, the latest version of its e-mail and personal information management application that can be integrated with Microsoft Exchange 2000 and other messaging and collaboration servers.
In addition to support for Microsoft Office file formats and Windows networks, the Ximian Evolution e-mail client supports POP, IMAP, LDAP and other corporate standards. The software also features familiar Windows keyboard shortcuts for saving files, printing and copy/paste. It also includes the Mozilla-based Galeon Web browser along with Microsoft Windows metric compatible fonts and common browser plug-ins. Other capabilities include drag-and-drop CD burning, built-in terminal emulation, instant messaging, chat and other applications. The Ximian desktop, which Friedman says has already been installed by more than 1.5 million users worldwide, also supports SuSE Linux 8.2 and Red Hat Linux versions 7.3, 8.0, and 9. "SuSE and Ximian are both committed to delivering enterprise quality Linux solutions that reduce customers overall computing costs. Ximian Desktop 2 is an interoperable desktop environment that directly addresses the needs of corporate customers," Uwe Schmid, vice president for SuSE Linux, said. Some enterprises that have evaluated the product agree. Duncan McNutt, the senior project manager at Siemens Business Services in Germany, says he is seeing increasing interest from customers for Linux desktop solutions, especially in the public sector. "Our evaluations show that Ximian Desktop 2 can be a great fit for Linux workstation deployments. Its familiar interface for Windows users, full application suite, integration with Windows environments and centralized management through Red Carpet Enterprise can help reduce support costs for enterprise customers," he said. Latest Linux News:

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


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