"The Linux desktop battle heated up Wednesday when the
developers of the K Desktop Environment (KDE) announced wide
industry support for the newly formed KDE League. Developers of the
competing Gnome open-source operating environment beat KDE to the
punch in August when the Gnome Foundation released a laundry list
of vendors backing the group...."
"KDE said the League will concentrate on pushing Linux toward
the desktop, in addition to efforts in the workstation and handheld
markets. They also hope to encourage more third-party software
makers to develop applications for KDE...."
"Many Linux developers advocate competition in the
open-source market as a method for developing better
applications. Gnome seemed to have taken the dominant position
in the battle with solid industry support; however, Wednesday's
announcement may revitalize KDE's efforts."