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eWeek: GNOME Throws Down the Gauntlet

Aug 17, 2000, 12:43 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley)

"Representatives from 13 companies and organizations took to the podium Tuesday at LinuxWorld here with one unified intention: to combat Microsoft Corp.'s dominance on the desktop."

"Members of the newly minted Gnome Foundation outlined the various open-source technologies they are hoping to integrate going forward. The participants said they believed the very nature of the GNU public license and open-source development model would prevent them from succumbing to the fragmentation and infighting that has plagued standardization efforts over the years. GNU, which stands for GNU's Not Unix, is a collection of Unix-compatible software applications developed and maintained by the Free Software Foundation."

"This is more than just another desktop or just another initiative," said Marco Boerries, Sun Microsystems Inc. vice president and general manager. Instead, the Gnome (pronounced Guh-NOME) Foundation's goal is to establish a user environment where members "won't need to be worried about somebody closing them out or eating their lunch."

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