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Salon: Eazel does it

Jul 25, 2000, 08:08 (10 Talkback[s])

"With its nifty Nautilus file manager, Eazel might make Linux safe for the desktop."

"I have seen the future of free software, and it looks pretty darn cool. Last week, I met with Mike Boich, CEO of Eazel, who gave me a look at Nautilus, Eazel's souped-up file manager for Linux-based systems. And unlike most software product demos, which usually consist of equal parts stupefaction and irrelevance, the Nautilus run-through actually delivered. Nautilus looks like a lot of fun. More to the point, it looks like it will work."

"Eazel has received much attention from the free-software, open-source community, mostly because of the rich lineage of its core employees, nearly all of whom boast illustrious Apple Macintosh backgrounds. When you have Andy Hertzfeld, one of the chief designers of the original Macintosh software setup, on your team, you have instant credibility (even if his last hugely hyped start-up, General Magic, was a failure)."

"Eazel's ultimate goal is to make Linux safe for the desktop, to bridge the not inconsiderable gap between the arcane power of Unix-like operating systems and the ease of use of the Mac or Windows interface. The goal has long been a Holy Grail for Unix/Linux advocates, but despite years of clamor, it has always remained just out of reach. Sure, Linux-based systems have made lots of market noise in the "server" space, but skeptics are easy to find when Linux's prospects for making a dent in the consumer desktop world are considered."

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