"I felt a little pride when the GNOME Foundation was recently
announced. One thing I didn't feel, though, was a cold-blooded
hegemonic impulse. It's great that a free software project has
gained some support, it will be interesting to see what this
alliance brings, and it will probably bolster every developer's
efforts to make the Linux desktop that much better. Why, though,
does this issue have to be cast as some sort of subversive end run
on the part of the GNOME Foundation?"
"Complaining about a handful of businesses standardizing around
GNOME seems hypocritical when many of those doing the complaining
were happy to hold Corel et al up as friends of the community when
they got behind KDE. Baiting the GNOME project for daring to
partner with corporations seems somewhat forgetful when objections
to QT's commercial (and previously unfree) nature were derided as
some sort of muddle-headed hippieism that was just getting in the
way of the Linux charge to the desktop."
"The fact is, the GNOME Foundation promises to help a
process... taking Linux out of the server room and giving users of
all skill levels a chance to enjoy the benefits many of us have
enjoyed for a long, long time. It's no more sinister than Red Hat
selling a shrink-wrapped product, or VA Linux preinstalling one
distribution or another. It doesn't mean we've been forbidden
to run KDE where it suits. It certainly isn't an act of war."
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