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TechnologyEvaluation.com: GNOME Will Try to Buff Up Linux

Sep 08, 2000, 19:08 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by R. Krause)

"GNOME has achieved significant acceptance from the Linux and Unix communities. Sun Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard are announcing their adoption of GNOME as the future default user environment for Solaris and HP-UX, respectively. The GNOME user environment is the default for RedHat, TurboLinux and several other leading Linux distributions and is available for all major Linux distributions. As a result, this initiative will unify many variations of Unix under a single user environment. It creates a cost-effective framework based on open standards and open source that will enable developers to write solutions for many different platforms, while competing on implementations...."

"If GNOME is successful, this will be the first of two (or maybe the second of three) key steps to make Linux a viable desktop market competitor to Windows. If a software desktop image is standardized, and is easy to use, that will go a long way toward negating an issue traditionally raised by Microsoft, i.e., the Windows desktop is essentially the same, and it's simpler to use than any Linux desktop. Whether we agree with that contention is immaterial, the market believes it to be true."

"The other key to Linux desktop success is, as we've said before, getting enough useful desktop applications ported to Linux. In this case, we continue to believe that the key application (at least for business users) is MS Office. Sun's StarOffice, with more than 3 Million downloads to date, is a good starting point, but MS Office is the big dog in the desktop space."

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