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Mar 06, 2000, 18:52 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Boutin)

"For anyone who follows Linux desktop development, today's announcement by Cambridge, Massachusetts startup Helix Code is hardly a shock: the company, cofounded by well-known GNOME developers Nat Friedman and Miguel de Icaza, will ship and maintain a "latest-and-greatest" easy-install GNOME binary distribution. But the release also lays the groundwork for a far more ambitious project, one that aims to plug a gaping hole in the Linux desktop...."

"The new GNOME binaries rolled out today are the red carpet that applications like Evolution will step onto a few weeks from now. Helix Code's software will be based on a componentized, open source architecture designed to promote both flexibility and ease-of-development - thus encouraging other developers and companies to contribute improvements and new applications - with the distribution's standard set of desktop libraries serving as the supporting layer between Linux and Evolution...."

"The GNOME components, originally written by de Icaza to provide an fully GPLed alternative to KDE, are noticeably faster and more efficient than their Windows-based counterparts. Moreover, Friedman touts the component-based flexibility of Helix Code's software, which enables users (or their administrators) to process email or calendar events through other applications, or even through a Perl script. "We're creating Unix pipes for the millennium," Friedman jokes, "except that instead of text, we're passing data objects, and the data can go both ways...."

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