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Tux Reports: YALAX: Yet Another Look At Ximian

Jun 16, 2003, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Layne Heiny)

"When I first read about Ximian Desktop 2, also referred to as XD2, I wondered if it was all that it was cracked up to be. Is Ximian Desktop 2 a polished product or is it just hype? That question led to this article, which describes my experiences with XD2.

"There are as many different philosophies for the perfect desktop as there are Linux developers and users. Each of us has developed our preferences and opinions. Some of us may perceive Ximian Desktop 2 as nothing more than GNOME with some eye-candy, or an attempt to clone Windows. Others may argue that following the KISS principle, by simplifying the applications, system menus and documentation, avoids overwhelming new users. In other words, one person's opinion is another person's opportunity to complain.

"This is where Ximian comes into the picture. On June 2, 2003, the headline from News.com read 'Linux software maker Ximian on Monday announced a new version of its main software package for desktop PCs.' I suspect this received a lot of attention. After all, according to the press release, Ximian produces 'popular Linux desktop software installed by over 1,500,000 users worldwide...'

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