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GNOME.org: The GNOME Community and Industry Leaders Join Forces

Aug 15, 2000, 13:58 (16 Talkback[s])

"The GNOME project today announced five major initiatives aimed at delivering an industry-wide open user environment. These initiatives are:

  • To establish the GNOME user environment as the unifying desktop for the Linux and Unix communities.
  • Adoption of OpenOffice.org technologies for integration into GNOME.
  • Integration of the Mozilla browser technology into GNOME.
  • Industry leaders to work together to improve the quality, reliability and accessibility of the GNOME user environment around the world.
  • Establishment of the GNOME framework as the standard for next generation Internet access devices."

"GNOME is receiving a tremendous boost in terms of support, backing and commitment for contribution and improvements," said Miguel de Icaza, founder of the GNOME project. "GNOME is now well positioned to be the next generation user environment, uniting the existing Linux and UNIX communities. We are building an alternative environment based on free software and open principles. By leveraging other open technologies we are able to maintain our focus on making the most attractive development environment."

"GNOME has achieved significant acceptance from the Linux and Unix communities. Sun Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard are announcing their adoption of GNOME as the future default user environment for Solaris and HP-UX, respectively. The GNOME user environment is the default for Red Hat, TurboLinux and several other leading Linux distributions and is available for all major Linux distributions. As a result, this initiative will unify many variations of Unix under a single user environment. It creates a cost-effective framework based on open standards and open source that will enable developers to write solutions for many different platforms, while competing on implementations."

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