"On Tuesday, a group of Linux organizations will announce
the creation of the Gnome Foundation, which will have the support
of I.B.M., Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems and several
other major computer vendors. The foundation plans to announce a
set of initiatives, including a unified desktop user interface and
a set of productivity programs intended to compete as a free
alternative to Microsoft Office."
"What they're doing is extremely valuable," said Dan Dusnetzky,
a computer industry analyst at the International Data Corporation,
a market research firm. "However, there's a bigger issue that has
not been addressed yet and that is the availability of the most
popular desktop applications on Linux."
"Linux developers say that while progress until now has been
limited, they are confident they can now rapidly close the gap on
Microsoft. "By the end of the year, we will have a desktop software
operating system that compares favorably with Windows," said Mike
Boiche, chairman of the Eazel Corporation. The company, founded by
former Macintosh programmers, has been developing software called
Nautilus, which is being integrated into the Gnome user interface
for Linux. It is intended to make Linux as simple to use as Windows
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