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Linsider: Snapshot: Linux Desktop Players

Apr 26, 2000, 18:57 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael J. Hammel)

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"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 targeted."

"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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