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WinInfo Daily UPDATE, March 28, 2005

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In the News

- Novell To Acquire Tally Systems
- Beagle Barks Loudly

==== In the News ====

by Mark Joseph Edwards, [email protected]

Novell To Acquire Tally Systems

Novell announced that it will acquire Tally Systems, which makes asset-management solutions. Novell said that the acquisition, which is expected to close by the middle of April, will let the company complement its ZENworks systems-management solution with Tally Systems' asset-management capabilities. ZENworks 7, announced March 21, automates the management of servers, desktops, laptops, and handhelds, including systems based on Linux, Novell NetWare, and Windows.

Beagle Barks Loudly

Novell plans to release its Linux Desktop 10, which the company thinks will be appealing to business users and consumers, in 2006. Novell's Linux Desktop is based on SUSE LINUX. The company acquired SUSE in November 2003, shortly after its August 2003 acquisition of Linux-based OS maker Ximian. One highlight of the upcoming Linux Desktop 10 is the Beagle desktop search tool.
Beagle is the brainchild of Nat Friedman, cofounder of Ximian. Friedman said that Beagle became necessary to help drive Dashboard, a tool that Novell is developing that can locate and display objects on the desktop (see the first URL below). For example, if you're using Instant Messaging (IM) to chat with someone about a particular project, Dashboard would locate items such as email, bookmarks, and documents, that are related to that project.
Beagle indexes documents, email, Web history, IM and Internet Relay Chat (IRC) conversations, images, music files, source code, and more, including widely used file formats such as Microsoft Office Word and Microsoft Office PowerPoint files, MP3 files, and JPEG and Portable Network Graphics (PNG) images. You can learn more about Beagle at the project site (see the second URL below), where you will also find screen shots.
Although the search engine is designed to run on Linux, Fredrik Hedberg started porting Beagle to Windows platforms. If you're willing to jump through a few hoops, including installing GTK# for Microsoft .NET Framework and Gecko#, you can take Beagle for a spin. You can read more about the Windows port in the Gnome mailing list archives (see the third URL below). January/msg00045.html

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