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Inter@ctive Week: The open source route: no more dead ends [Eazel]

Jun 12, 2000, 14:24 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Linda Sadlouskos)

"I think the promise of the personal computer revolution ran into a dead end. It ended up in a cul-de-sac because of the proprietary systems," says Andy Hertzfeld, one of the core developers of the original Apple Macintosh, who helped found Eazel. Hertzfeld and two other Mac veterans, Mike Boich and Guy "Bud" Tribble, fiercely defend their decision to go the open source route when they founded their company 11 months ago."

"When you ask people what frustrates them with their computer," Tribble says, "the answer will be, 'I installed new software and downloaded things from the Web . . . then everything starts getting flaky.' "That's the ease-of-use problem of the millennium," Tribble says."

"Eazel's proposed solution, Tribble says, is to "marry a nice GUI [graphical user interface]" with the robust and reliable Linux operating system. Tribble adds that through its anticipated online subscription service, "Eazel, over the Internet can come in and help you install things so dependencies and setting up . . . are correct," Tribble says. "And if you screw it up, we can back you out of that."

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