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AnchorDesk (UK): Gnome needs a facelift

Sep 18, 2000, 19:10 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Maggie Williams)

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"Despite its successes as a server operating system, Linux has had a rough time on the desktop, and quite rightly so. For all the potential benefits of open source code, and Linux's reliability in comparison with some of Microsoft's operating systems, none of Linux's various distributions offers anywhere near the ease of use required from a general-purpose operating system...."

"Interface design is difficult. It's not a case of sticking a few icons and toolbars together and hoping for the best, it's about understanding who is going to use your product and what they want to do with it."

"The intriguingly named Gnome (pronounced Guh'nome) Foundation, announced at LinuxWorld in August, could offer a solution to the problem. The Foundation is a consortium of hardware and software manufacturers that have teamed up to promote Gnome as a desktop standard for Linux, and for Sun's Solaris operating systems. The Gnome Foundation includes such heavyweights as Compaq, IBM, Sun and Red Hat, all committed to throwing development effort at Gnome and moulding it into a desktop environment for the masses."

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