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 OpenOffice.org productivity suite, which lets users create, edit and save Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents, spreadsheets and presentations.
Ximians additions to the OpenOffice.org 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.
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