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Wired: Linux Mounts MS Offense [w/GNOME Foundation]

Aug 15, 2000, 14:40 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Leander Kahney)

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"At the LinuxWorld Expo in San Jose, California, on Tuesday, the foundation is expected to announce that it will establish Gnome as a common desktop environment for GNU/Linux and other Unix operating systems. The move is another step toward establishing GNU/Linux as a viable alternative to Windows and the Mac OS, and goes some way toward reuniting the numerous, incompatible flavors of Unix on the market."

"Marco Boerries, Sun's vice president and general manager of Webtop and application software, said the initiative in some respects reverses the '70s famous splitting of Unix into numerous, incompatible versions. The foundation "is a very credible attempt to bring it back together, at least at the desktop level," he said."

"Stacey Quandt, an analyst with Giga Information Group, said she was encouraged by the roster of big names backing the project, but said Gnome may have a tough time taking on Microsoft, which is entrenched in the PC market. ... "Right now Microsoft dominates the desktop," she said. "But Gnome could be the desktop for different form factors.... This fits very much with Sun's strategy of making applications available over the Internet. And Sun's strategy is very much real, while Microsoft's Net strategy looks very much like vaporware at the moment." ... "The implications for Microsoft are tremendous," she said. "I think it will be a serious threat to Microsoft."

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