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LinuxProgramming: Open Source Motif: Too Little, Too Late

May 15, 2000, 18:33 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Reichard)

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"Yes, Motif on Linux will overall be a good thing. I just am a little suspicious of the timing of the release. LessTif--an Open Source library released under the LPGL--is gaining momentum in the marketplace and benefitting from a more stable code base. In addition, KDE 2 should be released shortly, and KDE 2 will be a serious competitor to the Motif-based CDE."

"Indeed, the release isn't nearly as extensive as I and many other veteran Motif observers would like. It doesn't cover CDE, and to be totally honest I can't see the vast sea of KDE and Gnome developers giving up GTK or KDE programming tools in favor of Motif. Those corporations with an existing commitment to Motif will find it convenient to put legacy Motif apps on a Linux box, but anyone embarking on new development will choose existing Linux development tools."

"In addition, there has already been some debate on the message boards as to whether the Open Motif license is a true Open Source license. I'm not going to get into the middle of that battle--ESR and RMS are much better suited in commenting on that--but it does seem at first glance that the license is rather limited when compared with true Open Source licenses like the GPL, LPGL (which would seem to be applicable in this case), or even the Apache and Mozilla license."

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