Novell is getting ready to "go head-to-head against Windows" with its new Linux Desktop 10, which it claims is ready for the corporate desktop. Novell claims that the product will lift the application suite from its current role targeting specific workgroups to mainstream enterprise deployment. New features include a desktop note-taking technology called Tomboy and a desktop search feature called Beagle.

Beagle is designed to search documents, e-mail, instant messages, Web history, source code, music files, PowerPoint files and other applications.

"What [Beagle] does is it indexes everything in your life."

Beagle is remarkably similar to Microsoft's long-promised WinFS, which by all accounts is coming to Windows XP some time soon.