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ComputerWorld: GNOME

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

"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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