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LinuxPower: GNOME triumphant, now lets rally to give users a real choice

Aug 29, 2000, 19:08 (29 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christian Schaller)

"The people supporting the losing side are, of course, not happy with the recent announcements in support of GNOME, but the fact remains that Linux needs a standard development platform also on the desktop level. People who are supportive of the LSB and in the same breath advocate having two competing development platforms are hypocrites. If Caldera CEO Ransom Love is serious about his campaign for common standards in the Linux world I expect to see him announce Caldera's support for GNOME in the near future; if not he loses all credibility on the issue."

"...the development platform has nothing to do with user choice. For instance there are two desktops available today that utilizes the GNOME development platform, but which offer two distinctly different user experiences. The desktops I am referring to are XFce and the default GNOME desktop. Although using mostly its own infrastructure you can also count Enlightenment in this category, since it relies on GNOME to supply an infrastructure for advanced application development. These three desktops offer a very wide range of user experience and yet all rely on the same infrastructure for application development. This gives users a real choice without sacrificing application interoperability and consistency."

"If the KDE camp wants to stay relevant in the future they better get their act together and start modifying their development environment to conform to and integrate with the standards that GNOME now are setting. Since they rely on a 3rd party toolkit, this might be harder for them than for others, but if they don't, they better start preparing for a life lurking in the dark together with CDE."

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