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eWeek: Linux factions battle over desktop platforms

Nov 20, 2000, 14:48 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Galli)

"The Linux Software Development community faces a serious challenge from within, as two factions work to aggressively push their separate desktop platforms. The KDE (K Desktop Environment) League, which announced its official formation at Comdex here last week, tried to downplay possible conflicts within the Linux community, specifically with the GNOME (GNU Object Modeling Environment) Foundation."

"Chris Schlager, president of the KDE League, acknowledged that the two bodies will compete aggressively and that such competition will not create a friendly environment. But Schlager said he hopes the competition between the factions "will be restricted to a technical level and will not distract from Linux's goal of providing a unified front on the desktop that can take on Microsoft Corp.'s Windows and Office suites."

"Havoc Pennington, a spokesman for the GNOME Foundation, said in an e-mail response to questions that he wished the KDE League well. "I hope we can continue to work with them on interoperability efforts such as the window manager specification, cut-and-paste methods, drag and drop, and tool kit user preferences," Pennington said."

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