"This column is about the desktop. I don't want to talk about
the money side of the desktop so much, but rather how these
companies are changing the face of the Linux desktop, if at all.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of news stories this week are
about wheeling and dealing, or the lack of either, for any given
company. There just wasn't that much to report on with regards to
how the Linux desktop is shaping up. At least not from an end user
or technical standpoint."
"The big news of the week related to the Linux desktop broke
yesterday: Applix announced that it had spun off its Linux division
into a new wholly-owned subsidiary. The new company, called
VistaSource will also be providing new licensing options for the
source code to ApplixWare, though it won't be an open source
license. The move comes just as Applix is releasing Version
5.0 of its ApplixWare Office Suite, which provides a new GTK+ based
interface and better desktop (GNOME and KDE) integration. The spin
off is intended to give the office suite more room to maneuver in
the emerging Application Service Provider market, where future
products based on the Applix AnyWhere technology will be
"On the Desktop Environment front (re: KDE and GNOME), the
Brazilian online magazine OLInux has an interview with KDE
developer Daniel Duley, aka Mosfet, the man currently responsible
for much of the KDE2 panel implementation, an image management
system called Pixie and the window manager style engines."
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