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ZDNet UK: Gnome Linux to attack Windows

Aug 15, 2000, 16:22 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley)

"A high-profile group of companies is expected to back the Gnome Linux interface as a serious competitor to Windows on desktop systems. But if history is a guide, even the support of companies including Sun Microsystems, Compaq and IBM might not be enough to make a significant dent in the Windows world."

"In the early 1990s, a number of Unix vendors including IBM, HP and Sun attempted to build up the Common Desktop Environment (CDE) as an agreed-upon front end. But the fragmentation that has plagued the Unix industry as a whole also ended up weakening the CDE effort considerably. Sun currently touts CDE as its default Solaris interface. And other Unix makers such as IBM also offer CDE as a built-in part of their current Unix distributions."

"But CDE never rose up to create a truly common user interface around which software vendors could rally. And it definitely never emerged as the formidable challenge to the Windows user interface that its creators originally had envisioned. CDE also never gained acceptance from the Linux community."

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