Ximian has rolled out the latest version of its environment designed to help administrators better integrate and manage Linux in mixed environments.
Ximian's Desktop 2 is bundled with the OpenOffice.org desktop suite. It features one-click Windows network navigation, an improved interface and file compatibility with Microsoft Office applications, all designed to make the product less expensive to deploy and manage.
"One of the issues holding up enterprise adoption of Linux is the lack of a complete set of productivity applications that can be tightly integrated to do documents, e-mail, and collaboration," said Jon Perr, vice-president of product marketing at Ximian.
Included in Desktop 2 is Evolution 1.4, an e-mail and PIM (personal information management) tool that integrates with Exchange 2000, a version of Connector for Microsoft Exchange, a Mozilla-based browser, and Version 2.0 of its Red Carpet software updating package.
Ximian Desktop 2 Professional Edition includes Adobe Acrobat Reader, Macromedia Flash, Real Player and a Java 2.0 run-time environment.
Ed Scannell writes for InfoWorld