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Boston Globe: A user-friendly face lift for Linux [Helix Code GNOME]

Aug 23, 2000, 11:31 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Hiawatha Bray)

"Linux is not pretty - at least not in its natural state. But lately, the upstart operating system has been getting a face lift, and Nat Friedman likes the look of it."

"Friedman and his colleagues at Cambridge-based Helix Code Inc. are performing the surgery. Their Helix Gnome software masks the drab, complex text interface of Linux with rich and colorful images that let users control Linux by clicking a mouse, just as they do with Microsoft Corp.'s Windows software."

"A quarter-million people have already downloaded Helix Gnome from the company Web site since it was released in March. Among the small but influential clique who run Linux software on their personal computers, Helix Gnome is on its way to being the gold standard."

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