I visited the Linux Open World Conference & Expo in Cologne yesterday and had the opportunity to listen to Nat Friedman, who actually holds the position of a Chief Technology and Strategy Officer Open Source at Novell, about the (Suse) “Linux Desktop today”.
Besides the nicely gimmicks with swinging or transparent windows when moving them and arranging screens in rotating cubes or film stripes they had some really useful programs. Useful because there really easy and smart in use: First, there was the photo library tool with easy sharing to flickr and basic edit options, second there was the banshee music management were Nat demonstrated easy mp3 exchange with his ipod. The desktop search engine was fast and smart as well, and they integrated visited web pages too in that search, a feature what may be very helpful if you forgot the place you’ve seen a special information before. So during that presentation they showed a lot useful things for private use. However they still address companies for using that desktop instead waiting for Microsoft’s Vista.
After the keynote I had a short talk to Nat and I asked him about the support for games. He admitted that this is out of their focus right now. But perhaps is that the missing feature for a wider acceptance. Lots of people get (even in companies) laptops today and they have the option to use them private too. But frankly, no business customer would ask for that feature because it’s unseemly. So the Suse guy’s perhaps never will know about that hidden missing feature.