"...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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