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LinuxPlanet: .comment: Working Today Trumps High-Powered Vapor

Aug 15, 2000, 02:26 (23 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis E. Powell)

[ Thanks to Kevin Reichard for this link. ]

"The KDE developers mailing list has been abuzz over an article in The New York Times saying that on Thursday IBM, Sun Microsystems, and others will throw their support behind Gnome as the standard Linux desktop. "Woe is me, all is lost" was the general tenor of the discussion. Nonsense. It's a good thing whenever big companies with lots of money show an interest, especially a financial interest, in Linux. And it would not be a good thing if by so doing they would get into a position where they could dictate such things as the standard Linux desktop. But they can't."

"But let's step back and put the whole thing into historical perspective. Remember when IBM and Apple joined to produce a wonderful new operating system? Anybody remember it? Anybody remember its name? Anybody ever actually use the thing? How about the wonderful new microkernel architecture that would run on absolutely every processor in the world. It was going to sweep the market, IBM told us seven or eight years ago. How's that project coming along?"

"Here's hoping that the Gnome Foundation funds good work, and that the results are great. But those results are currently vapor. KDE2 isn't. It's not done, but it works and has for months. The big news in the Times today and at LinuxWorld tomorrow is likely to whip up interest in Linux, right now. People will look at Linux as it exists, not as it might exist in a few months, a year, whatever. Fortunately, Linux is up to the scrutiny."

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