"Someday in the not too distant future, Linux and Unix may share
the same default graphical user interface, much in the way that
Windows 98 and NT have the same GUI."
"Indeed, The Gnome Foundation, an informal consortium, is
attempting to develop software that delivers a similar user
experience across HP-UX, Sun Solaris and Linux. ... The consortium
hopes to meld those technologies into cross-platform software that
can give Windows, Microsoft Office and Internet Explorer a run for
their money. The consortium also represents a counterattack against
Microsoft's .Net initiative."
"Still, The Gnome Foundation faces tall challenges. History
shows that multivendor efforts often fail because managers from
member companies can't put aside their differences long enough to
beat Microsoft. Two examples: Microsoft OLE, an early-1990s
object standard, easily torpedoed OpenDoc, a multivendor
alternative from Apple Computer, IBM and Novell that never gained
critical mass. Likewise, the Unix industry made several attempts to
rally around a single standard before Windows NT's debut in 1994,
but those efforts never lived up to their early billing."
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