"A high-profile group of companies is expected to back the Gnome
Linux interface as a serious competitor to Windows on desktop
systems. But if history is a guide, even the support of
companies including Sun Microsystems, Compaq and IBM might not be
enough to make a significant dent in the Windows world."
"In the early 1990s, a number of Unix vendors including IBM,
HP and Sun attempted to build up the Common Desktop Environment
(CDE) as an agreed-upon front end. But the fragmentation that
has plagued the Unix industry as a whole also ended up weakening
the CDE effort considerably. Sun currently touts CDE as its default
Solaris interface. And other Unix makers such as IBM also offer CDE
as a built-in part of their current Unix distributions."
"But CDE never rose up to create a truly common user interface
around which software vendors could rally. And it definitely never
emerged as the formidable challenge to the Windows user interface
that its creators originally had envisioned. CDE also never gained
acceptance from the Linux community."
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