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Linux Magazine: The Desktop Decides The Future

May 25, 2000, 23:50 (87 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dave Whitinger)

"As I brace myself for the outcry of the millennium, I put forth the following suggestions:

  • Support the efforts of the Linux Standards Base (LSB). This group is working to develop standards that, if followed by the Linux distributions, will result in binary compatibility across all flavors of Linux.
  • All Linux distributions should standardize on only one windowing environment, and Linux developers need to decide (quickly) on a single environment that will be developed.
  • The resulting windowing environment should be based on a single toolkit, and all other toolkits should be abolished from the standard Linux distribution package."

    "The Linux community is constantly bragging about how many development resources we are able to garner, but we then turn around and fracture those resources into hundreds of competing projects. Instead of all of us competing against a common enemy, we are battling against one another for dominance in various areas."

    "The KDE people have a beautiful, stable, solid, and intuitive interface, and they are deeply loyal to the Troll Tech-controlled Qt toolkit. GTK is foreign to them, and they will be hard-pressed to move over to GNOME. The GNOME people are nowhere near KDE in terms of beauty, stability, and intuitiveness, yet they are based on the free (GPLed) GTK toolkit."

    "We can't go on with these competing desktop platforms. Who drops their project to join the other? That's a decision that should be made between the principals of the two projects, but it should definitely happen, and should happen soon (like, yesterday)."

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