Enterprise Linux Log

Mar 19 2007   10:23AM GMT

Making Linux pretty, revisited


We tend to focus on the server side of the Linux world here at SearchEnterpriseLinux.com, but every once and a while the desktop gets some face time. Back in October, I wrote about how Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth wanted “to make Linux beautiful,” for no other reason than to get a majority of the population on board with open source.

“If we want the world to embrace free software, we have to make it beautiful,” Shuttleworth said. “We have to make it gorgeous. We have to make it easy on the eye. We have to make it take your friend’s breath away.”

That was in October though, when Novell was making desktop waves with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 (SLED). Novell touted SLED 10 for its inclusion of xgl graphics effects and a slick new GUI interface reminiscent of Mac OS X. Now, Novell is at it again — indirectly — with Beryl, an open source fork of the Compiz effort started more than one year ago.

That’s great if you’re a user looking for incredible 3-D graphics on your desktop, but I have a feeling IT managers overseeing said desktops could care less about such things. Beryl might be included the latest Ubuntu release, however, and we all know how those guys feel about making inroads into the enterprise desktop and server arenas. Would a ‘gorgeous’ Linux desktop have a better chance in the enterprise than a bare bones one? You tell me.

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