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VNU Net: Linux desktop rivals talk, but fail to agree on object model support

Aug 26, 1999, 00:59 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cath Everett)

"The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and K Foundation are currently in discussions about bringing their rival Linux desktop environments closer together, but have so far failed to reach agreement over which organisation's component document model to adopt.

The rivalry between the two groups began when the K Foundation introduced a chargeable graphical user interface library called Qt into its K Desktop Environment (KDE) in 1996.

The FSF objected to the move because the library was not made available for free under open source licensing rules and so it started its own rival project dubbed the GNU Network Object Model Environment (Gnome) in 1997."

"But Miguel de Icaza, leader of the Gnome project, said: 'We want to agree on interfaces that can be used by both parties to improve interoperability. ... You can currently run applications side by side, but not the document object model, which allows you to do drag and drop.' "

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