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ZD Events: GNOME brings a friendly face to Linux world

Nov 18, 1999, 20:53 (8 Talkback[s])
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"Once the realm of hardcore programmers and code enthusiasts, the Linux OS is being pushed into the mainstream with the development of user-friendly desktop GUIs. The newest offering in this area, GNOME (GNU Network Object Model Environment), premiered last winter and is gaining acceptance as a possible solution to Linux's somewhat limited commercial viability."

"The GNOME interface can be configured to mimic the look and feel of popular GUIs such as Windows or Mac while also offering the flexibility that Linux users have grown to love. A Virtual Desktop function allows users to access numerous desktop environments and the open-source code backbone will enable users to create customized applications."

"A big boost to GNOME's commercial potential could result from its inclusion in commercial Linux OS packages. While still available for free in the open-source tradition, the availability of GNOME in a commercial OS package will benefit the average user who does not possess the know-how or patience to install the GUI manually."

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