Novell Raises the Bar for the Linux Desktop

Significant Enhancements to Xgl Framework Enable Development

of Advanced Graphics to Enhance Functionality for End Users

Feb 07, 2006, 00:00 ET from Novell, Inc.

    WALTHAM, Mass., Feb. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Novell (Nasdaq:   NOVL) today
 announced it has released significant enhancements to the Xgl (X over OpenGL)
 graphics subsystem, which will let developers create richer graphical
 experiences for Linux* desktop users. Xgl is new core rendering technology for
 the Linux desktop that takes advantage of now widely available accelerated 3D
 rendering hardware. These enhancements make Linux desktops more usable,
 increase end-user productivity and more firmly position Linux at the forefront
 of client computing technology.
     "The release of Xgl and the accompanying 'Compiz' compositing/window
 manager puts Linux at the forefront of desktop graphics capabilities among all
 operating systems," said Nat Friedman, Novell vice president of Linux desktop
 engineering. "Open source developers can now use their creativity to build new
 special effects and user interface paradigms as plug-ins to Xgl/Compiz. No
 other platform gives you this capability. Novell is a key contributor to the
 next generation of Linux platform innovation."
     Under the leadership of engineer David Reveman, Novell has sponsored the
 effort to develop the Xgl graphics subsystem to benefit both hardware vendors
 and software developers, and thus end users. Novell's release of Compiz
 enables developers to easily create graphical effects plug-ins which deliver
 rich visual effects, including transparency and advanced animation. For the
 first time, open source developers have the ability to easily add
 industry-standard effects like transparency and window animations to the Linux
 desktop, supported on the broadest possible set of hardware.
     Industry Support for Xgl and Compiz
     Hardware and software vendors express strong support for Xgl while open
 source community members agree today's enhancements clearly and positively
 impact the state of the art of Linux desktop graphical capabilities.
     HP Vice President of Open Source & Linux Organization Christine Martino:
 "HP is committed to helping customers deploy cutting-edge open solutions in
 environments from desktops to data centers. HP is confident that usability and
 visual enhancements to the Linux desktop experience will fuel even more growth
 within this emerging market. Today's news marks another step in HP and
 Novell's long history of delivering customers the choice and confidence they
 need in order to integrate open solutions."
     ATI Technologies Software Engineering Division Vice President Ben Bar
 Haim: "ATI believes the Xgl framework is a fundamental building block for
 powerful new enhancements to the Linux desktop, and we are committed to
 supporting Novell's efforts in making Linux a viable desktop platform."
     Mozilla Corporation CTO Brendan Eich: "Novell's work on Xgl demonstrates
 the kind of focused innovation that the Linux desktop needs in order to thrive
 in today's market. Users should expect to harness the full power of their
 modern graphics hardware in all aspects of their work and play, and Xgl is a
 major step towards making that a reality."
     Xgl graphics subsystem enhancements and the Compiz framework are the
 latest additions to the fast-growing openSUSE(TM) project. Sponsored by
 Novell, is a community-based effort that involves developers
 worldwide in the review, testing and development of SUSE(R) Linux with the
 goal of making it accessible to end users, not just developers. More
 information on Novell's Xgl and Compiz contributions can be found at . Source code is available for public download at .
     About Novell
     Novell, Inc. delivers Software for the Open Enterprise(TM). With more than
 50,000 customers in 43 countries, Novell helps customers manage, simplify,
 secure and integrate their technology environments by leveraging
 best-of-breed, open standards-based software. With over 20 years of
 experience, more than 5,000 employees, 5,000 partners and support centers
 around the world, Novell helps customers gain control over their IT operating
 environment while reducing cost. More information about Novell can be found at .
     NOTE:  Novell and SUSE are registered trademarks, and openSUSE and
 Software for the Open Enterprise are trademarks of Novell, Inc. in the United
 States and other countries. *Linux is a registered trademark of Linus
 Torvalds. All other third-party trademarks are the property of their
 respective owners.

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