Novell Asks: Which Windows-Only Apps Do You Need Most?

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2006-01-27 Print this article Print

Novell wants to know which Windows-only apps people want on Linux so it can lobby these vendors to port their programs. (Desktop Linux)

Novell, through its CoolSolutions community-relations Web site, is conducting an online public survey to determine which Windows-only applications are most likely to keep Windows users from migrating to Linux. The company also wants to know which Windows-only apps would be most popular on Linux desktops if they were ported to Linux. "The end result is that we will be contacting the vendors of these applications, asking them to partner with Novell to port their software to Linux," said CoolSolutions site editor Scott Morris. "As you know, numbers speak volumes."
Morris said responses to the survey, which was launched earlier this month, thus far have been all over the board.
Novells earnings report shows Linux gains. Click here to read more. "We are getting some responses that we expected, such as money management software (Quicken, QuickBooks, TurboTax)," he told in an e-mail. "Some responses were not anticipated, such as (Adobe) Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and Illustrator. Its nice to see things from the multimedia field being requested. That seems to indicate that the other basic needs are already fulfilled." Read the full story on Desktop Linux: Novell asks: Which Windows-only apps do you need most? Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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