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Linux and Main: A Glimpse of the Future? I Hope So

Jan 30, 2003, 14:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis E. Powell)

"The minders ushered me into the dimly lit hut built of rough wood and palm fronds. They pointed to a place where I could sit. Then we waited. In a few minutes, the elder came in, then one of the chiefs. I was about to be shown something few outsiders had seen.

"After the ritual discussion of other things, the tall, animated chief motioned for me to approach. And then he showed me the current state of Ximian Desktop 2.0. It is very cool.

"The scene, of course, was the Ximian booth at last week's LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in New York, and the person demonstrating the product was Nat Friedman, the company's vice president of product development. I'd been after him for a peek at the GNOME 2.0-based version of Ximian's desktop since about five minutes after GNOME 2.0 was released last year, and it may be that the easiest way of getting me to go away was just to show me the thing.

"The new version--and bear in mind, this is not yet release code--is instantly attractive. It does not depart hugely from GNOME 2.0, but where it does it is impressive..."

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