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David Mason: GNOME/KDE Interoperability

Apr 16, 2001, 04:02 (45 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Mason)

"Since returning from Copenhagen I have been a bit underwhelmed by the coverage of what went on at GUADEC II this year. I felt strong enough about the positive steps taken that I thought I would write up a quick impression about one of the areas I observed. To me some of the most important talks we had revolved around the work we are taking to make sure that GNOME and KDE interoperate. To that end, here are my impressions of the situation and what we did at GUADEC to work on the problems."

"First of all I must state that I have been involved with the GNOME project for almost three years now - so I will say this at the risk of falling from favor - with those of you who expect me to say something darker (excuse the lyric reference there)."

"Since the inception of GNOME we have been faced with the fact that we have two major desktop projects for Linux and other Unixes. This has brought all sorts of real user problems and many perceived problems into play."

"We have known all along that one aspect of making the user experience positive is to make sure that the two major desktops interoperate well. There have been efforts in the past to work on these problems. Some have surfaced, others have fallen by the side as we all focus on other problems. Still, the spirit was there no matter what most think."

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