"Helixcode is a company that was founded by several members of
the GNOME development team, including Miguel de Icaza, the leader
of the official GNOME project. Their product, Helix GNOME, is the
closest thing there is to a "commercial" distribution of the GNOME
environment. Like the official GNOME distribution, Helix GNOME is
completely Free Software (in the strictly GPL sense of free) but
it's packaged with dozens of third- party GTK programs that a lot
of the more popular distributions don't install by default."
"Helix throws in multimedia enhancements like XMMS and Grip,
many Internet utilities like Gaim and Xchat, productivity packages
like AbiWord and Gnumeric, a cutting edge build of The GIMP
graphics manipulation program, a GTK version of Napster (the
popular MP3-sharing client) and a whole slew of games."
"In addition to having many updated software applications that
the official GNOME doesn't have, Helix GNOME is also a lot more
polished and "feels" more like a commercial product -- it has a lot
more desktop themes to choose from and the pre-loaded menu icons
have a more professional look."
"But the beauty of Helix GNOME isn't only skin deep: not only
does Helix GNOME look more professional, but it can be installed
and updated more easily than the official GNOME distribution. Helix
GNOME can be installed and updated over the Web (much like
Microsoft's Active Setup for Windows 98 and Windows 2000). If Web
updating isn't your thing, you can also download the Helix GNOME
files from the Helixcode FTP site. We recommend this approach for
end users who don't have high-speed Internet connections."
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