"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
"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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