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Linux.com: A Look Ahead

May 21, 2000, 19:15 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Nipp)

"Linux is an ever-evolving operating system, and the applications and utilities that help to make Linux what it is are also in a constant state of advancement. The Linux kernel is in constant development, with hackers adding new features, fixing bugs and security issues, and enhancing performance. Applications like Apache, Samba, and window managers are equally challenged with offering more flexible, stable and optimized versions on a nearly constant basis. All of this development makes it somewhat difficult to keep track of this ever-changing landscape, so here we will look ahead to what is on the horizon."

"Window managers are the heart and soul of a computer for many individuals as these applications take computers out of the "cryptic" command line and into the world of "point-and-click." The sheer number of window managers currently available for Linux is quite amazing when you compare Linux to the likes of Windows and the Macintosh. This variety allows users to choose the look and feel that they find most comfortable and desirable. Unfortunately, all of this variety still seems to have missed the mark for many novice computer users. Projects such as KDE and GNOME have made great strides in simplifying the Linux desktop; however, Eazel hopes to make the "quantum leap" that will generally solve the issue of desktop complexity for novice users."

"Eazel was founded by a group of former Apple employees. This group of individuals brought us the completely revolutionary Macintosh Graphical User Interface in the mid-1980s, and has now set their sights on making history repeat itself on the Linux side of things. This is one of the projects to watch in the future and see just what develops."

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