"Industry leaders backing the newly-formed GNOME
Foundation's run at the desktop have heartily agreed to support the
free software applications suite's development--but not all of the
participants agree that such support is tantamount to a declaration
of war on Microsoft."
"The New York Times article describing the consortium that
comprises the GNOME Foundation is titled, "Developers of Linux
Software Planning Assault on Microsoft." While GNOME is aimed at
becoming a direct competitor, many of the companies taking part in
the Foundation, as well as the GNOME developers themselves, prefer
to choose less inflammatory terms."
"GNOME's "assault" is more pro-user than anti-Microsoft, says
Miguel de Icaza, lead developer for GNOME. "Are we taking on
Microsoft? You can think that Linux and GNOME are. But every Open
Source project that is replacing a proprietary piece of software
is," he explains. "Either Microsoft will re-evaluate their
licensing of software and work with the community just like
scientists do, by sharing information, or we will continue
developing applications that empower users."
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