"Some key Linux developers, encouraged by the announcement
of GNOME as the standard desktop environment for Linux and Unix,
believe that Linux is poised to overtake the Macintosh as the
primary challenger to Microsoft Windows. One, open-source advocate
Eric S. Raymond, went as far as to describe the Mac platform as "a
noble but doomed cause."
"The problem the Mac community has is this: While the Windows
interface stinks on ice, it is just good enough from the point of
view of the casual user to rob the Mac of its mass market and its
future," Raymond told MacWEEK. "The Mac community has had five
years to find a counter and failed. The Linux community, on the
other hand, has gone from nowhere to a desktop market share
comparable to the Mac's in three years flat. That's a pretty
"Raymond pointed to Eazel, a company co-founded by three members
of the original Macintosh team--Andy Hertzfeld, Bud Tribble and
Mike Boich--that's developing a Finder-like file manager for Linux.
"Andy Hertzfeld and the other old-time Mac developers on his team
understand why Linux is burgeoning, and they want to be part of a
winning team instead of the last defenders of a noble but doomed
cause," Raymond said."
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