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TechRepublic: Is GNOME ready for the corporate desktop?

Dec 16, 2000, 15:35 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bryan Pfaffenberger)

"Can GNOME develop into something that could bump Microsoft Windows off corporate desktops? The answer is no--at least, not right away. As even GNOME's most ardent supporters will readily concede, GNOME 1.2 isn't going to lure many corporate Windows and Office users away from the Redmondian fold. The deeper question is whether GNOME's development trajectory will eventually create a competitive product."

"As I'll show in this Daily Drill Down, much depends on whether the GNOME development team continues to focus on what corporate users want and need from their software. And as you'll see, they're off to a great start--for the most part. What remains to be seen, however, is how well the GNOME development team will succeed in figuring out what desktop users really need from their software--and how they can create products that will strike corporate users as a genuine and welcome alternative to commercial software."

"If you're used to spending hours or days compiling software, only to wind up with a nonfunctioning system and a raft of obscure error messages, you'll flip when you try the Helix Code GNOME Installer. Try it yourself, if you haven't already. To install GNOME 1.2, visit the Helix Code Web site and follow the links to the download page. The exact procedure you'll follow depends on which platform you're running."

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