Ximian Desktop Boosts SuSE Linux Support

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2004-01-07 Print this article Print

Ximian, now part of Novell, enhances its desktop offering to run with SuSE Linux's latest versions as Novell's SuSE purchase nears completion.

Novell Inc. has boosted its SuSE Linux support in an update to its Ximian Desktop 2 just weeks before its planned acquisition of SuSE Linux AG is likely to be completed. The enhanced Ximian Desktop 2, which already supported both SuSE Linuxs and Red Hat Inc.s Linux distribution, now supports the latest SuSE Linux releases, namely SuSE Linux Desktop and SuSE Linux 9.0, Novell announced this week. Ximian Desktop 2 was first launched in June and provides a set of desktop applications for Linux and interoperability with Windows file format. Click here to read more about Ximian Desktop 2.
Novell, of Provo, Utah, has been pushing headlong into the Linux market. It had acquired Ximian Inc. and its desktop Linux products in August, and then in November it announced plans to buy SuSE Linux, of Nuremberg, Germany for $210 million. The SuSE Linux acquisition is expected to close by the end of this month.
Novell spokesman Kevan Barney said that the Ximian team had planned to add updated SuSE Linux support in Ximian Desktop 2 regardless of Novells plans to buy SuSE Linux. "This is business as usual for Ximian division," Barney said. The Ximian Desktop 2 update also includes a Ximian Edition for the latest OpenOffice.org productivity suite, Version 1.1, the GAIM instant messaging client and an updated Ximian Red Carpet 2.0 configuration management client software, Novell said. Read more here about Novells Ximian Red Carpet 2.0 automated configuration-management software. Ximian Desktop 2 can be downloaded for free here. A professional edition also is available for $99 that includes technical support, software updates and additional fonts and content plug-ins. Discuss This in the eWEEK Forum
Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for eWEEK.com, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for eWEEK.com. Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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