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Smart Partner: Will Linux, Unix Share Same User Interface?

Aug 22, 2000, 19:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"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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