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LinuxPower: Talking with John Heard of Sun about GNOME

Jan 29, 2001, 20:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christian Schaller)

[ Thanks to Christian Schaller for this link. ]

"What expectations and hopes do Sun have for GNOME?"

"John Heard: Sun's expectations for GNOME are based upon the goals which we would like to see achieved. The primary goal is to deliver and establish a single open and free GNOME User Environment which is easy to use and available across a broad range of products, including desktops and network appliances. We expect GNOME to deliver a significant step in advancing the Unix operating system, already the soul of the networked world, as the platform of choice for people to easily create and use networked applications and services. We know that by delivering GNOME on Solaris as a fully integrated system, and thus expanding the open systems basis upon which creative people in the GNOME and many other communities can collaberate, we will see exciting innovations in return."

"Sun recently announced an agreement with Eazel, how important was Eazel's high profile involvement with GNOME, for Sun's decision to join the GNOME Foundation and support the development of GNOME in such a extensive way?

"John Heard: We were attracted to the depth of talent and experience which existed within the GNOME community. Companies such as Eazel, Ximian (previously Helix Code), and Red Hat indicated to us the growing significance of GNOME. The many notable individuals within these companies and throughout the GNOME community gave us the confidence that GNOME as a technology was in good hands. Finally, the steps that were being taken by the GNOME community towards the creation of the GNOME Foundation, was a clear sign to Sun that GNOME was about to become a community in which the open source movement and open systems corporations would co-evolve and collaberate."

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