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CNET News.com: Rift persists between Linux interface camps

Aug 16, 2000, 01:08 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"The arrival today of major corporate backing to boost the Gnome desktop user interface for Linux won't do much to unify support for a competing effort called KDE, several key executives said."

"Legal and cultural issues separate the Gnome and KDE efforts, said Haarvard Nord, chief executive of Oslo-based Troll Tech, the company that created the underlying software components used by KDE and by applications that run on KDE."

"This whole KDE-Gnome war--it's just plain silly," Nord said. He'd like to see a merger, but added, "It does not seem likely."

"Miguel de Icaza, founder of Gnome and chairman of Gnome software company Helix Code, also does not expect a merger, he said at a news conference today at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo."

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