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osOpinion: Beating them with their own code: why GNOME can't kill KDE

Aug 18, 2000, 13:51 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Summerfield)

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"Thanks to the recent press releases at LinuxWorld regarding the GNOME foundation, some journals have already written off KDE. The reason for the write off has nothing to do with reality and everything to do with a narrow vision of computing's "history". From their point of view, Windows won the desktop "war" and the huge (minority) of Mac users and the small (growing) band of Linux end users simply don't exist. So they expect that just one single desktop environment will survive in the Linux world and, thanks to the money going into it, they believe it will be GNOME."

"I think that both GNOME *and* KDE will survive and ultimately thrive and some of my reasons (in no particular order) are these:"

"1) The promises of what GNOME will deliver will take time to come on stream and meanwhile KDE will continue to be improved. Many people wanting jam today will use KDE and having become used to it won't want to change."

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