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Linux Orbit: 10 Questions with Charles Northrup of the GNOME for Windows project

Dec 13, 2000, 22:47 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Gowin)

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"Recently, Global Technologies Ltd. Inc created something of a stir in the GNU/Linux community with a press release announcing their successful porting of the GNOME desktop environment to the Windows platform (for full release click here). After reading the discussions on various web sites, like Slashdot and others, I decided to contact Global Technologies and ask them a little more about the project. I was fortunate enough to get in contact with Charles Northrup, the CTO for Global Technologies and the lead developer on the GNOME port. The following 10 question interview was granted via email and Mr Northrup sheds a little more light on the reasons for the port as well as why GNOME was ported instead of KDE. The answers were very enlightening...."

"Linux Orbit: Do you see this port (of GNOME) as a method for Windows users to ease into a possible transition to GNU/Linux? Do you think it will covert many?"

"Charles Northrup: The goal behind this effort is straight forward. To prove that UNIX based development is the right way for corporate entities to go. Far too often, corporate IT develops for Microsoft Windows at the exclusion of the UNIX markets."

"The rationale is always that Microsoft has the lion share of the market, and thus for maximum ROI corporate entities will target MS platforms. The really bad thing about this, is that they are doing so at the exclusion of the UNIX markets, and further, they help to proliferate the incompatabilities between UNIX and Windows."

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