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LinuxPlanet: .comment: Peace in Our Time?

Sep 06, 2000, 12:59 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis E. Powell)

"The peculiar and ambiguous events of the day were temporarily swept aside late yesterday afternoon when I was party to very pleasant phone interviews with Miguel de Icaza and Nat Friedman of Helix Code, which hopes to become a successful business by providing value-added services for Gnome users. (A news story on what they had to say about their project will appear here soon.) And while they did not, of course, endorse KDE, the sense I came away with was that there's no fundamental dislike of the rival project. In fact, Miguel says he regrets some of the highly publicized things he's said in the past about KDE."

"'I wouldn't say that there are any hard feelings,' he said. 'There has always been a competition factor; I personally made a couple of mistakes a few years ago, but all in all, I think we have very good relations with the KDE people. There are some very nice people working with KDE, for instance Kalle Dalheimer, a great guy. I haven't had a lot of contact with most of the KDE team, but the ones I've spoken to are pretty nice people.'"

"'What really matters is the users, the developers, the code,' said Nat. 'Of course, the license is important. I think what matters is what actually happens, and not what the big guns are saying at any given point.'

"'To me there's no Gnome-KDE war to speak of. This is not a Larry Ellison-Bill Gates thing.'"

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