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LinuxWorld: The last roundup - Impressions from the Expo and a look at current industry happenings

Aug 30, 2000, 23:25 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

"In addition to fleshing out his LWCE coverage, Joe looks at the future of Linux desktops in the age of the GNOME Foundation and at Inprise's and IBM's plans for Java on Linux...."

"I don't fault Michael Dell for coming to LWCE and trying to sell his computers. Everyone was trying to sell something, even if it was just the notion that free software is a better choice than proprietary. But I'm not convinced he did a good job of selling Dell. Certainly when I read the full page ad Dell ran in the business section of the San Jose Mercury News two days after his keynote, an ad which plainly states "Dell recommends Windows 2000 Professional for business," it triggered rolling echoes of cognitive dissonance...."

"The problem is that I don't want to see a single desktop environment for Linux. I think having KDE and GNOME competing for users is a win-win-win situation. KDE gets better, GNOME gets better, and all users benefit. And of course, it goes without saying that many Linux users prefer not to use either one. That is the way it should be. There should always be choice. The idea that the GNOME Foundation wants to become the Linux (and Unix) desktop is one that needs rethinking. It also represents another point of contention between Red Hat and SuSE, and thus another opportunity to fragment Linux in bad ways."

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