"The KDE developers mailing list has been abuzz over an article
in The New York Times saying that on Thursday IBM, Sun
Microsystems, and others will throw their support behind Gnome as
the standard Linux desktop. "Woe is me, all is lost" was the
general tenor of the discussion. Nonsense. It's a good thing
whenever big companies with lots of money show an interest,
especially a financial interest, in Linux. And it would not be a
good thing if by so doing they would get into a position where they
could dictate such things as the standard Linux desktop. But they
"But let's step back and put the whole thing into historical
perspective. Remember when IBM and Apple joined to produce a
wonderful new operating system? Anybody remember it? Anybody
remember its name? Anybody ever actually use the thing? How about
the wonderful new microkernel architecture that would run on
absolutely every processor in the world. It was going to sweep the
market, IBM told us seven or eight years ago. How's that project
"Here's hoping that the Gnome Foundation funds good work,
and that the results are great. But those results are currently
vapor. KDE2 isn't. It's not done, but it works and has for months.
The big news in the Times today and at LinuxWorld tomorrow is
likely to whip up interest in Linux, right now. People will look at
Linux as it exists, not as it might exist in a few months, a year,
whatever. Fortunately, Linux is up to the scrutiny."
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