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TechWeb: Another Pretty Face, For Free

Oct 12, 1998, 11:23 (2 Talkback[s])

As Linux gains a following among developers,... a dedicated group of volunteer developers are working to make sure the open source operating system has a face on the desktop, too.

... around 30 developers [are] working on the GNU Network Object Model Environment, or GNOME.

The hope is to have a cross-platform GUI for Linux and other modern Unix variants that will offer developers a sophisticated object model and easy-to-use tools, a la Windows.

Meanwhile, some friction is rising in the Linux camp over the GUI on the desktop.

Whereas Linux distributors Red Hat Software Inc. and Debian have picked GNOME as their future desktop environments, another major Linux packager, Caldera Systems Inc., uses the K Desktop Environment (KDE), a GUI that uses graphics libraries from Toll Tech, a Norwegian company, with its OpenLinux 3.1, which shipped last month.

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