Wing Tips and Plane Talk
Cabin fever: Katt tries novell news-gathering method."Occupado," groused El Gato to the newbies who joined him in the latrine line on a crowded flight to Boston, where the Katt was skatting, following the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. It was there that El Gato learned from an Intel bigwig that the chip maker once had plans to launch its own online music store. The company had even planned to sell devices such as the Intel Pocket Concert MP3 player. All this was being planned almost a year before Apples iTunes came to Windows. Alas, Intel, like the rest of the tech universe, was still reeling from the dot-com bomb at the time. In 2001, just a few weeks before the stores unveiling, the chip maker shuttered its Connected Products Division, which was to manufacture the music players, along with several other devices that never saw the light of day.
As the airborne Amanuensis of IT leaned into the personal space of two business casuals in Row 23, he heard the pair discuss Novells changing the name of its Novell Linux Desktop to SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop. The khaki-ed comrades went on to state that, in doing so, Novell would be stamping all its Linux offerings with the SUSE Linux Enterprise brand. Spence recalled that Novells Linux Desktop was originally created by Ximian, which Novell acquired, and it ran on a slightly different kernel than the SUSE enterprise products. Now, it seems the whole platform has been combined.