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Linux Desktop 10 to offer better MS Office, OpenOffice integration

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Novell plans to release a beta for its Linux Desktop 10 including new features offering better interoperability with Microsoft Office and Open Office, said Ted Haeger, Novell Inc.'s director of user communities, at the Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE).

The beta, tentatively scheduled for release next month, will include a new feature, dubbed Xgl. Haeger said Xgl will allow users to jump between screens and multiple desktops. Targeted to CAD software users, Xgl has a practical side that allows users to have better window- and file-sharing capabilities.

Open themes for OpenOffice

The planned Novell desktop package, which incorporates OpenOffice, includes support for Visual Basic macros used in Excel. Better integration with OpenOffice will allow Linux Desktop 10 to use what Haeger described as "native theming." That means OpenOffice will automatically adopt the use of icons similar to that of the native operating system and will also support digital signatures.
Novell will also integrate and deploy several of its recently acquired third-party products into the latest release of Desktop Linux 10, including AppArmor and the Beagle search engine.

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