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Forbes: Battle Over The Look And Feel Of Linux

Mar 14, 2000, 20:10 (25 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Einstein)

[ Thanks to Mark Potochnik for this link. ]

"The battle involves two graphical user interfaces called Gnome and KDE. Both aspire to look and feel like a combination between Microsoft (nasdaq: MSFT) Windows and the Apple (nasdaq: AAPL) Macintosh. But as yet, both Gnome and KDE fall short of the mark, making users resort to arcane keyboard commands to get the most out of Linux. As a result, despite catching on big as an operating system for networks, Linux has failed to win favor with consumers."

"That could be about to change. A well-heeled Silicon Valley startup called Eazel has thrown its weight behind Gnome, and the combination could soon produce a graphical interface that's snazzy and user friendly enough to lift Linux into the big leagues. It could also make Gnome the de facto standard for Linux, relegating KDE to also-ran status...."

"Why did Eazel choose Gnome over KDE, which at this point has more adherents? "Both of them are great pieces of work," says Boich. "But Gnome has architectural features that give it a bigger future in our estimation."

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