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Linux desktops: Graphics boost, virtualization add to stature

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Whether devotees of Linux or Windows, IT managers see eye to eye on at least one thing -- that virtualization is one of today's hottest technologies for the desktop. John Cherry couldn't agree more. Speaking at LinuxWorld Conference & Expo on Aug. 15, Cherry said that virtualization technology shares the spotlight with accelerated graphics capabilities as the most significant developments to hit Linux desktops. As the Desktop Linux Initiative manager for Open Source Developer Labs, Cherry should know. In an interview at LinuxWorld, he gives SearchOpenSource.com a sneak peak on his thoughts about the growing Linux market and its direct impact on the desktop.

SearchOpenSource.com: What significant technology developments have taken place recently on the Linux desktop?

John Cherry: The most significant developments on the Linux desktop in the last four months have to be the maturing of accelerated graphics capabilities and virtualization. Major commercial and open distributions have released these capabilities, and the maturity of these technologies is growing daily.

Desktop environments that use accelerated graphics are incredibly responsive and 'sexy.' Users say it is difficult to measure the incremental usefulness of desktop environments that leverage accelerated graphics, but they like it. Users enjoy seamless video and whizzy things like rotating desktop polygons.

You will hear much about virtualization at the LinuxWorld Expo. This is the hot topic in the community right now. The maturity of Xen has been challenged, but Xen-based virtualization is being used successfully in a variety of usage models. With the focus the community is giving to virtualization, the maturity will continue to grow in open projects such as Xen as well as commercial products such as VMware.

Read the rest of the interview, here.

 

Published Wednesday, August 16, 2006 7:09 AM by David Marshall
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