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Aug 23, 2000, 17:18 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

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"...There's a disturbing undercurrent to the whole debate, which is the notion that somehow, despite years of defying corporate resistance (and outright hostility) to Linux, we can all be sold out by a group of people working on a desktop. Taken in the broader view, the mainstream corporate desktop is still standardized around Microsoft's operating system and applications, and the most optimistic predictions don't see that changing for a while. That hasn't caused KDE's developers to pack it in, and there's no reason a consortium forming around GNOME should, either. Saying it will is insulting to the people involved in any project that doesn't "win" in the end, if winning is to be considered "ending up with a seal of corporate approval."

"So, is it good to worry about big business trying to inflict a top-down agenda on the Linux community?"

Yes, to the extent we make sure everyone's competing fairly. But to believe that the same community of developers and users who routinely and loudly challenge so much as the directory in which Red Hat chooses to install KDE are going to meekly submit to a corporation's declarations of standards is absurd. And if we do all, somehow, decide that corporate fiat is enough for us and silently embrace GNOME? Then we've forfeited the spirit of independence we've so long pointed to when explaining what makes our community unique."

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