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LinuxPlanet: Editor's Note: Xi Graphics Is Here to Save You from Free Software

Sep 21, 2000, 15:27 (39 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

"For the purposes of feuding over desktops, CDE is, to Linux users, a non-issue. KDE and GNOME are the acknowledged primary competitors in the Linux world, and the recent opening of Motif and CDE have done nothing to shake that. For purposes of feuding over standards, CDE is more often used as the poster child for the standards process running amok. If ever an interface managed to bring to computing the same design standards that went into, say, the platypus, CDE is it. The fact that some of the same heavies that tried to inflict it on us once upon a time are now behind GNOME speaks volumes about where they stand on it today. Chalk that one up to a victory for Free Software or, if you aren't as sanguine as I am about the future of Linux on the desktop, the utter and abject failure of industry pointing a loaded standard at our heads."

"CDE's consignment to the dustbin of UNIX history, though, didn't stop Xi Graphics from making a game effort to remarket it to a new generation of Linux users as "the" industry standard, and their arguments for why we should adopt it (noted above) play to the fears of some that Linux is headed for the sort of disastrous fragmentation that allowed Microsoft to walk over the back of UNIX in the 90s."

"The problem here isn't that someone's trying to sell a product that isn't going to be very popular. The problem is that the standard Xi Graphics would like to front is based on the premise that we'll turn our backs on GNOME and KDE (which seems unlikely) and the XFree project (which moves out of the realm of "unlikely" and straight into "loony.")"

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