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BSD Today: What's GNOME? [GNOME Backgrounder]

Oct 15, 2000, 21:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ralph Krause)

"The GNU Network Object Model Environment (GNOME) project was initially announced in August 1997. The project's goals were to provide a consistent user interface, user-friendly tools, a UNIX standard for component programming, and a consistent mechanism for printing. Another project goal was to provide a desktop environment with a more open license, using the LGPL'd GTK+ library, as opposed to the potential problems perceived by the use of Qt in the KDE project at that time."

"While GNOME runs on top of the X Window System and provides window manager-like features, it is not dependent on any one window manager. GNOME provides capabilities such as drag-and-drop, printing, and rendering internationalized text among other things. GNOME also promotes using software components that can communicate with one another using Bonobo, the GNOME architecture for creating reusable software components and compound documents."

"Another aspect of GNOME is a completely new set of applications to provide increased usability to users. There is a GNOME groupware communications package called Evolution that includes mail, calendar, messaging, and address book services. The GNOME project also includes an office suite, originally made up of programs such as AbiWord and Gnumeric, but there is now talk that the recently open sourced StarOffice suite will be rewritten to become the new GNOME Office suite. Numerous traditional programs such as mail readers, MP3 front ends, and editors are also being written to take advantage of GNOME's infrastructure."

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