Problems with NLD

By Jim Lynch  |  Posted 2004-11-22 Print this article Print

As we mentioned earlier, there is no VPN Wizard built into NLD. This is basic functionality that belongs in every Linux distribution but particularly in one aimed at the corporate desktop. How are laptop users who work from home supposed to connect to their corporate networks via VPN? We hope that Novell will build a counterpart to the Windows VPN Wizard that exists in Windows XP. Its long past time for Linux to have this kind of functionality and were getting very tired of having to keep asking for it. Get it done, developers!
Unlike certain other Linux distributions, theres nothing included in NLD that will let you run Windows applications. If you want to run Windows applications youll need to grab VMWare, Crossover Office, Win4Lin, or Wine and install them yourself. While we always prefer running native Linux applications to running Windows apps, we do recognize that some folks—particularly in corporate offices—simply must have certain kinds of Windows applications. At the very least, Novell would do well to bundle Crossover Office with NLD at some point; it would give NLD users the ability to run a number of helpful Windows applications.

Jim manages the PC Magazine and ExtremeTech forums, and is responsible for building community in the forums on both sites. He started managing PC Mag's forum on ZiffNet on CompuServe many years ago. He then transferred the staff and expertise to the Web. He left ZDNet when it moved to San Francisco and came back to Ziff after the split from ZDNet, right before ExtremeTech launched. You can get more background at his personal site:

His favorite movies include Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Three Musketeers (1973 version), Dune (Sci Fi Channel version), and gobs of others. He can't live without his iPAQ Pocket PC—,he uses it at the gym and everywhere else—,and his DVD collection features more than 200 films. His favorite game is Tribes (PC), which is more than three years old but he still plays it all the time.

Jim likes interacting with the folks in the forum and the content. 'I Love both of 'em,' says Lynch. 'It's what makes the job fun and interesting.'

You're welcome to visit Jim's site for more information about him.


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