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LinuxNews.com: GNOME Foundation's Members Outline Goals--and Position on MS Competition

Aug 24, 2000, 20:36 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Head)

[ Thanks to mhead for this link. ]

"Industry leaders backing the newly-formed GNOME Foundation's run at the desktop have heartily agreed to support the free software applications suite's development--but not all of the participants agree that such support is tantamount to a declaration of war on Microsoft."

"The New York Times article describing the consortium that comprises the GNOME Foundation is titled, "Developers of Linux Software Planning Assault on Microsoft." While GNOME is aimed at becoming a direct competitor, many of the companies taking part in the Foundation, as well as the GNOME developers themselves, prefer to choose less inflammatory terms."

"GNOME's "assault" is more pro-user than anti-Microsoft, says Miguel de Icaza, lead developer for GNOME. "Are we taking on Microsoft? You can think that Linux and GNOME are. But every Open Source project that is replacing a proprietary piece of software is," he explains. "Either Microsoft will re-evaluate their licensing of software and work with the community just like scientists do, by sharing information, or we will continue developing applications that empower users."

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