Novell is introducing software that can boost the graphics capabilities of the Linux operating system.
The Xgl software takes advantage of a computer's graphics chip to support display features such as transparent objects, 3D effects, zooming windows, miniaturised files, and a host of other graphics features.
Novell said Xgl can also improve text display speeds on users’ desktops.
The technology will be incorporated into the next line of Novell Suse Linux enterprise products due by June.
Novell is trying to give a boost to Linux in the graphics arena, where Apple’s Mac OS X operating system has dominated.
With Microsoft planning to incorporate a new graphics engine called Avalon into its forthcoming Vista operating system, Novell thought the timing of Xgl’s introduction was appropriate.
Xgl is becoming part of the X.org software project, which handles many of the basic graphics elements for Linux.