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LinuxPlanet: Peace and Bread in Time of War: GNOME Defended

Aug 28, 2000, 17:29 (22 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

[ Thanks to Kevin Reichard for this link. ]

"I felt a little pride when the GNOME Foundation was recently announced. One thing I didn't feel, though, was a cold-blooded hegemonic impulse. It's great that a free software project has gained some support, it will be interesting to see what this alliance brings, and it will probably bolster every developer's efforts to make the Linux desktop that much better. Why, though, does this issue have to be cast as some sort of subversive end run on the part of the GNOME Foundation?"

"Complaining about a handful of businesses standardizing around GNOME seems hypocritical when many of those doing the complaining were happy to hold Corel et al up as friends of the community when they got behind KDE. Baiting the GNOME project for daring to partner with corporations seems somewhat forgetful when objections to QT's commercial (and previously unfree) nature were derided as some sort of muddle-headed hippieism that was just getting in the way of the Linux charge to the desktop."

"The fact is, the GNOME Foundation promises to help a process... taking Linux out of the server room and giving users of all skill levels a chance to enjoy the benefits many of us have enjoyed for a long, long time. It's no more sinister than Red Hat selling a shrink-wrapped product, or VA Linux preinstalling one distribution or another. It doesn't mean we've been forbidden to run KDE where it suits. It certainly isn't an act of war."

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