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LinuxPlanet: .comment: Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho, It's Off to War We Go

Aug 23, 2000, 14:18 (29 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis E. Powell)

[ Thanks to Kevin Reichard for this link. ]

"Every six months or so, hostilities once again erupt between the KDE and Gnome communities. These battles are usually sparked when the king of the Gnomes, Miguel de Icaza, grants an interview and just can't seem to resist saying something gratuitously nasty about KDE."

"A new battle has been joined. This time it isn't because of anything Miguel has said; he seems to be busy alienating opposing forces within the Gnome community itself through his new company, Helix Code, which plans to make money from Gnome. No, now the concern has to do with the formation of something called the Gnome Foundation, in which large companies who seldom agree on anything long enough to get a product to market are giving it another shot, this time with Gnome as the object of their affections."

"It's only natural that there should be friction between KDE and Gnome, the competing Linux desktops. Gnome was, after all, created primarily because KDE, relying as it does on a semi-proprietary toolkit, was deemed politically incorrect by those devoted to the interpretation of right and wrong promulgated by the Free Software Foundation. (The argument is that because the QT toolkit used by KDE is proprietary, KDE is tainted. But QT has a foundation, too, and it has pledged to keep QT free for noncommercial use. And as a practical matter, withdrawal of free use of QT would make as much sense as Adobe withdrawing Acrobat Reader.) Gnome's stated purpose, its whole reason for existence, is to kill KDE. Nice, huh?"

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