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Inter@ctive Week: Eazel Sketches Linux Future

Jun 06, 2000, 02:08 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Linda Sadlouskos)

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"When the team that designed the original Apple Macintosh got together to create a new face for Linux on the desktop, people started to wonder if lightning could strike twice."

"Mike Boich, Andy Hertzfeld, Susan Kare and Bud Tribble - the core of the group responsible for the PC that turned the computer industry and popular culture on its head in the early 1980s - last summer formed a company called Eazel. The team is working on a file manager and graphical shell for the open source Gnome desktop computing environment for Linux. Eazel's graphical interface, code-named Nautilus, will be downloadable for free on the Web this summer, and also will be included in the subsequent version of Red Hat's Linux operating system (OS) for the desktop, as well as other Linux distributions using Gnome. But Eazel has a bigger goal in mind: giving Microsoft's Windows a real run for its money as the operating system of choice."

"It's my belief that both Windows and the Mac are not easy enough to use for the average person," says Hertzfeld, whose title at the new privately held company is software wizard. "We would like to make Linux a system you can just turn on and work on."

"But that may be the easy part. Turning their contribution to free software into a profit-making business - and earning the respect of the Linux community they'll have to work with to be successful - is another mountain to climb. But the Eazel founders are certain they have the right technology, people and timing to pull it off."

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