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eWeek: Gnome floats, Microsoft treads water

Aug 21, 2000, 17:57 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stan Gibson)

"Indeed, Linux is in the forefront of things on the rise, buoyed by the creation of the GNOME Foundation at LinuxWorld. Such erstwhile Microsoft lackeys as Compaq, IBM and Hewlett-Packard joined Microsoft archrival Sun and nine others as charter members, all committed to making the GNOME interface part of the user experience. Not content to entrust the fate of Linux to its sometimes fickle competitors, IBM also placed the penguin-oriented OS on the center stage of its developers conference."

"Consortia for open platforms are as old as the hills. Each time, there's a group of vendors trying to gang up on another. A decade ago, it was the Open Software Foundation (which, ironically, spawned the GNU tools) trying to isolate Sun. Do you think these vendors, many of whom are PC makers, would be making so bold as to support GNOME were there not the yoke of antitrust upon Microsoft? The answer is no. ... Even if Microsoft ultimately prevails, will it ever be able to redomesticate these OEMs? I don't think so."

"But it is refreshing, in a perverse sort of way, that the group of GNOMEs has taken a page out of Microsoft's playbook. If you can't win in the market, you can always get a lift by giving it away."

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