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MozillaQuest Magazine Op-ED

Is It Deja Deja Novell All Over Again, Again?

Ximian/GNOME v SUSE/KDE at Novell

Hubert Mantel's reference to "extremely skilled people over there in the Ximian division" appears to be serious sarcasm. And it seems to be indicative of conflict between the Ximian/GNOME and SUSE/KDE forces within Novell.

If there is a flaw in Jack Messman's plans for Linux and FOSS at Novell, it could be trying to bring two competitive and independent developer communities, GNOME and KDE, under the same corporate umbrella.

Mike Angelo -- 12 November 2005 (C) -- Page 3

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Article Index

To learn why Linux is so much a better choice than is Microsoft Windows, please see our article Gaël Duval Tells Why Mandrake Linux Is Better Than MS Windows

Office on the Linux Desktop

OpenOffice 1.1 -- A Complete Office/Productivity Software Suite for GNU-Linux, FreeBSD, MAC, MS-Windows, Unix, and more

Novell Shifts from KDE to GNOME

The Novell spokespeople say that Novell will continue to support both GNOME and KDE. That is a good thing.

However, they also say that GNOME will be the default desktop suite on its Novell-branded and SUSE-branded Linux distributions. That is not a good thing.

In essence, we take default desktop to be tantamount to preferred desktop. Thus it does appear that the Ximian/GNOME forces at Novell have prevailed over the SUSE/KDE forces at Novell. That is not a good thing.

GNOME and KDE both are good Linux desktop environments and suites. And a good desktop Linux should offer both GNOME and KDE so that users may chose the one they want to use.

However, a good desktop Linux distribution will set its installer to make KDE the default desktop choice. For more about what makes a good desktop Linux, please see our In Pursuit of Good Desktop Linux series:

Is Novell's Shift from KDE to GNOME a Mistake?

You bet Novell's shift from KDE to GNOME is a mistake. But we need to get this puppy to press now. We started working on this story on Wednesday and it now is Friday afternoon. This is very timely stuff and we need to go with what we have ready now. It should have been published Thursday morning.

Therefore look for an answer to our question Is Novell's Shift from KDE to GNOME a Mistake? in a continuation of this article coming soon to MozillaQuest Magazine. We also will weigh the facts with what the Novell spokespeople say about the other issues and questions in the upcoming continuation of this article. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, if you have some information about these issues or would like to let us know what is your opinion about them, pleae send an e-mail to us at dejanovellATmozillaquestDOTcom

If you want to chat about SUSE Linux or KDE in general or about what Novell is doing to SUSE and KDE, try the #KDE, #LinuxLounge, or #OpenSUSE channels on EFNet IRC (Internet Relay Chat).



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Article Index


The Linux books listed below will help to show you why Linux-based, GNU operating system is a better operating system than MS Windows. And they describe and help you to use much of the free software that comes with most Linux-based distributions.

Most of the book links listed below lead you to Web pages about the books that also, there, have links to things such as Tables of Contents and sample chapters. The sample chapters are free and well worth reading.

  • Some Interesting Linux Books

Acing the LINUX+ Certification Exam, Patrick Regan, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131121553. $88

Beginning Linux Programming, 3rd Edition, Matthew and Stones, (Foreword by Alan Cox), Wiley. ISBN: 0-7645-4497-7. $40

Building Applications with the Linux Standard Base, Linux Standard Base Team, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0-13-145695-4

Building Clustered Linux Systems, By Robert Lucke, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0-13-144853-6. $50

Expanding Choice: Moving to Linux and Open Source with Novell Open Enterprise Server, Jason Williams/Peter Clegg/Emmett Dulaney, Novell Press, ISBN: 0-672-32722-8. $30

Fedora 4 Linux All in One, By Aron Hsiao, Sams, ISBN: 0672327074. $40.

Fedora 4 Unleashed, By Paul Hudson, Andrew Hudson, Bill Ball, Hoyt Duff, Sams, ISBN: 0672327929. $50.

Knoppix Hacks - 100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools, By Kyle Rankin, O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-00787-6. $30

Linux Bible, 2005 Edition, Christopher Negus, Wiley, ISBN: 0-7645-7949-5. $40

Linux Desktop Garage, By Susan Matteson, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0-13-149419-8. $30

Linux Desktop Pocket Guide, David Brickner, O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-10104-X. $10

Linux Desktop Hacks - Tips & Tools for Customizing and Optimizing your OS, By Nicholas Petreley, Jono Bacon, O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-00911-9. $50

Linux in a Nuthsell, 5th Ed., Siever, Figgins, Weber, Love and Robbisn, O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-00930-5. $45

Linux Kernel Development, 2nd Ed., Robert Love, Novell Press., ISBN: 0672327201. $45

Linux Network Architecture, By Wehrle, Pahlke, Ritter, Muller, and Bechler, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131777203. $50

Linux Programming by Example: The Fundamentals, Arnold Robbins, , Prentice Hall PTR, ISBN: 0131429647. $40

The Linux Process Manager: The internals of scheduling, interrupts and signals, By John O'Gorman, Wiley, ISBN: 0-470-84771-9. $35

Linux Quick Fix Notebook, By Peter Harrison, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131861506. $40

Linux Troubleshooting Bible, Christopher Negus, Thomas Weeks, Wiley, ISBN: 0-7645-6997-X. $30

Mandrakelinux Discovery 10.1 - Your First Linux Desktop, By Mandrakesoft, Mandrakesoft, ISBN: 2-84798-085-7. $64

Mandrakelinux PowerPack 10.1 - The Full Power of Linux Desktop, By Mandrakesoft, Mandrakesoft, ISBN: 2-84798-086-5. $87

Novell Certified Linux Engineer (Novell CLE) Study Guide, Robb Tracy, Novell Press, ISBN: 0789732033. $60

Novell Linux Desktop 9 User's Handbook, Joe Habraken, Novell Press, ISBN: 0672327295. $35

Official Fedora Companion, Nick Petreley, Wiley, ISBN: 0-7645-5836-6. $20

Operating Systems, 3rd Edition, Deitel, Deitel, and David, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131828274. $103

Optimizing Linux Performance: A Hands-on Guide to Linux Performance Tools, By Phillip Ezolt, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131486829. $50

Point & Click Linux!, By Robin Miller, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131488724. $30

Principles of Network and System Administration, 2nd Edition, Mark Burgess, Wiley, ISBN: 0-470-86807-4. $50

Running Linux, 4th Ed., Welsh, Dalheimer, Dawson, and Kaufman, O'Reilly, ISBN, 0-596-00272-6. $45

SUSE Linux 9 Bible, Justin Davies, Roger Whittaker, William von Hagen, Wiley, ISBN: 0-7645-7739-5. $40

Test Driving Linux: From Windows to Linux in 60 Seconds, David Brickner, O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-00754-X. $25

Understanding the Linux Kernel, 2nd Edition, Daniel P. Bovet and Marco Cesati, O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-00213-0. $50

Understanding the Linux Virtual Memory Manager, Mel Gorman, Prentice Hall PTR, ISBN: 0131453483. $60

UNIX Shells by Example, 4th Edition, By Ellie Quigley, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 013147572X. $50


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Microsoft PR Does Not Refute Mandrake Linux Better Than Windows

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