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ComputerWorld: GNOME

Nov 06, 2000, 21:55 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pete Loshin)

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"GNOME is an acronym for GNU Object Model Environment. That by itself doesn't convey much information, though the GNU part (itself an acronym for GNU's Not Unix) is a tip-off that the GNOME Project is part of the GNU Project. But more about GNU later. GNOME's fundamental goal is to make Unix and Unix-like operating systems easier to use, especially free or open-source operating systems such as Linux and the BSD variants - FreeBSD, OpenBSD and NetBSD."

"The key to GNOME (pronounced guh-nome) is that it strives to be completely free: All of its components are distributed freely under open-source licenses."

"Ease of use for GNOME means the GNOME desktop, which offers an easy-to-use, windows-based environment. It also means giving programmers a development platform with a rich set of tools for building powerful applications. Finally, it means building an office-productivity application suite, GNOME Office."

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