"Let's discuss a major press conference where a group of
industry heavyweights--among them Sun Microsystems,
Hewlett-Packard, and IBM--vow to cooperate on an industry-standard
graphical interface, positioned as a powerful tool to battle the
monopolistic Microsoft. The result? The Common Desktop Environment,
"OK, so CDE didn't change the world, and it barely changed
anything in the UNIX world. For those too young to remember, CDE
was an attempt by an industry consortium to create a common desktop
environment across UNIX versions. It was based on Motif, and
in theory it was to combine elements from several proprietary
UNIX/X interfaces like OpenLook and the Motif Window Manager."
"[Stallman:] GNOME may set a standard, but it cannot impose one.
We cannot force anyone to use it, and since it is free software,
anyone is also free to change it. People who use the Linux kernel
and the GNU/Linux system often wish for "world domination soon".
But that is humorous exaggeration--they don't mean real, imposed
domination, just popularity. We would like GNOME to be popular too.
Popularity is not the ultimate goal of free software, but if GNOME
is popular, that will encourage people to switch from non-free
Windows and Mac systems to GNU or GNU/Linux, and thus spread
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