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
"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,