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BeOpen.com: Eazel Founder Hopes to Shake up the Linux Party

Jun 10, 2000, 12:11 (4 Talkback[s])
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"Listening to legendary Macintosh developer Andy Hertzfeld wax about the beauties of the Open Source development community is a bit like listening to an old Winterland-era hippie describe his experiences after stumbling into an all-night rave."

"Hertzfeld also uses the opportunity to play down one of the main assumptions that helped generate the spring media flurry, namely the notion that Hertzfeld and the Eazel development are trying to put a Macintosh-style smiley face on the Linux operating system. "We are trying to make Linux easier to use, but we're not trying to dumb it down," he says. "We're just giving [users] a better way to comprenhend their system."

"Still, lingering concerns within the hacker community that GUIs represent a "dumbing down" of operating system functionality are one of the primary reasons why Eazel has stepped to the fore. Although projects such as GNOME and KDE have made huge strides in making Linux as easy to use for the non-hacker, both have been beholden to both external and internal developer demands that versatility and customizability be built into every feature of Linux."

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