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SunWorld: Motif in the year 2000

Aug 05, 2000, 16:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cameron Laird, Kathryn Soraiz)

[ Thanks to Paul Eggert for this link. ]

"The significance of this licensing change is yet to be determined. One impetus for the shift seems to be ISVs' interest in coordinating their inventory of Unix applications to fit the emerging Linux Standard Base (LSB) initiative. This is similar to Motif in that many of its technical aspects make sense only in the context of once-standard software that is now aging."

"To be blunt, it's been quite a while since we last recommended junior programmers learn Motif. Motif has a reputation for being clumsy, difficult, and old-fashioned. Liberalization of its license strikes several industry observers as the desperate act of a product clearly on the decline."

"On the other hand, the Open Group continues to innovate. CTL is an impressive achievement. The tradition of professionalism among third-party suppliers and cooperation among developers is a great advantage. Insiders assure us that Open Group licenses are on track for further liberalization in the next year."

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