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UPDATED: LinuxPlanet: Conned by the Gnomes [revised with Stallman comment]

Aug 23, 2000, 14:36 (53 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Reichard)

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"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, or CDE."

"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 freedom."

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