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LinuxWorld: A new GNOME - Helix GNOME improves on the 1.2 desktop

Jun 22, 2000, 08:16 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

"If you've used GNOME, you know that it has always had a big cool factor. But more likely than not, you've experienced problems with stability, installation, and keeping synchronized with changing dependencies and releases. That's been my experience at least."

"If it's been yours as well, I have good news. The cool factor is still there in GNOME 1.2, and the stability of GNOME and GNOME apps is much better than it was that time last year. GNOME 1.2 comes with dozens of out-of-the-box apps, some of which are the best of breed for Linux and one of which is the best I've seen anywhere...."

"The Helix GNOME Desktop, if you don't know, is the primary offering of Helix Code (see Resources for a link), a company formed last year by GNOME architect Miguel de Icaza and Nat Friedman. Helix Code found financial backing for its enterprise in the form of seed money from friends and a first round of investment by venture capital firms."

"Friedman and de Icaza have set very ambitious goals for Helix Code. When I spoke to de Icaza by phone last week, he said, "We are trying to make free software easy to use, easy to install. We want to reach [those] who have been afraid of Unix in the past, who have been afraid of Linux."

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