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GUI-Lords.org: Interview with Shawn Gordon of theKompany.com

Jul 08, 2001, 15:00 (63 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Craig Black)

[ Thanks to craig for this link. ]

Shawn Gordon, whose company is one of the more aggressive purveyors of desktop software in the Linux/Open Source space, answers a slew of questions from GUI-Lords.org. Among the topics: why he chose KDE over GNOME as a development platform, how he plans to compete with proprietary offerings, and why theKompany.com uses both Open Source and proprietary licenses.

"Q. Why do you think KDE is superior to GNOME for the desktop?"

"A. The OO framework just makes a lot more sense for a desktop. Qt is an extremely efficient framework and is well documented. Having a commercial company like Trolltech who has a vested interest in the quality of Qt, means that Qt is always going to be good. In this regard you see a reversal of the GNOME situation where there is a single source that can be gone too and questioned. GDK/GTK/GTK+/GTKetc are just out there with no real responsibility. I don't really understand the decisions of companies like Eazel and Sun to go with GNOME, from a technical perspective it just doesn't make sense, it only makes sense if they really want to manipulate the underlying structure significantly."

"I don't want to be seen as disparaging all the hard working programmers who have spent their time on GNOME, they have certainly done some good work and have good intentions, and lord knows C++ isn't my personal strong suit, but our objective opinion coming into this was KDE was going to work better for us."

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