"It all started out as a normal day on openprojects #kde.
However, along came a troll who insisted that we merge kde and
gnome and make everything the same between them, more or less.
Though I argued whole-heartedly along with the other poor KDE
developers until he quieted down, I started thinking about a
combined KParts & Bonobo that would allow complete
interoperability between KDE and Gnome. So I hopped on over to
irc.mint.net #gnome, and found that the same troll was there saying
the same things he had been to us earlier. Hmm...not so good. Well
it was then that I noticed Rikkus in #kde, and asked him to come
over to #gnome and help present a serious discussion, as I lacked
enough knowledge in the area to be successful. Rikkus is a
developer of KParts, and one of the most mature and well-respected
KDE Developers. I thought to myself that Rikkus wouldn't come to
Gnome unless it was a cold day in hell, but I guess it must have
been, for he joined #gnome right away, and after a few minutes,
started presenting a serious discussion. Miguel (a well-known
developer of Bonobo) was there as well, and the conversation got
very interesting indeed. After a couple hours of discussion
debating whether or not KDE could use Bonobo, and why it had opted
to use KParts in the first place, as well as considerations towards
creating a new product to use in place of KParts and Bonobo, it was
resolved that further discussions would continue via E-Mail or by
"A merger between KParts and Bonobo, or KDE using Bonobo,
will mean complete interoperability between KDE and Gnome. Nautilus
could embed the Konqueror HTML engine, for instance. It
basically would erase the blocks between KDE and Gnome, and allow
limitless interoperability. A very good thing indeed. This isn't
about any one desktop environment, it's about the chance of
compatability between the two. It's a chance at OpenParts done
over, and done correctly this time."
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