"Representatives from 13 companies and organizations took to the
podium Tuesday at LinuxWorld here with one unified intention: to
combat Microsoft Corp.'s dominance on the desktop."
"Members of the newly minted Gnome Foundation outlined the
various open-source technologies they are hoping to integrate going
forward. The participants said they believed the very nature of the
GNU public license and open-source development model would prevent
them from succumbing to the fragmentation and infighting that has
plagued standardization efforts over the years. GNU, which stands
for GNU's Not Unix, is a collection of Unix-compatible software
applications developed and maintained by the Free Software
"This is more than just another desktop or just another
initiative," said Marco Boerries, Sun Microsystems Inc. vice
president and general manager. Instead, the Gnome (pronounced
Guh-NOME) Foundation's goal is to establish a user environment
where members "won't need to be worried about somebody closing them
out or eating their lunch."
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