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Smart Partner: Linux Interface Shoot-out?

Nov 16, 2000, 18:40 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

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"While many see the KDE League as being a direct answer to the Gnome Foundation, that's not how some KDE League supporters see it. Drew Spencer, Caldera Systems' CTO, point-blank said that, "In no way, shape or form is this an aggressive reaction to Gnome." Instead, "It's simply a way to give users more options."

"A closer look reveals that while the Gnome Foundation has grand plans for common application program interfaces across platforms and operating systems such as Solaris, the KDE League's goals are much more modest. As one KDE supporter put it, "This puts the bread on the KDE hackers' tables." And, indeed, beyond developer funding and public relations, there's little else material to the KDE League."

"Some think that getting ink and attention was really what was behind the KDE League announcement. Spencer observed that the formation of the KDE League was making official Linux companies' longtime practices of supporting KDE developers. But what has changed recently is that the Gnome Foundation's founding put GNOME into the spotlight. Afterward KDE--even with the October release of its important new version, KDE 2.0--got comparatively little attention."

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