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Source Magazine: Helix Gnome: Linux on the Desktop, Part 1

Dec 24, 2000, 17:18 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joseph Cheek)

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"Linux has a firm position as a network server due to its reliability, scalability, and broad server application support. On the low end, it can be a firewall on 386 systems without a hard drive; on the high end, it has been ported to Sun E10000 (24 processors), Compaq AlphaCluster (40+ processors), and IBM 390 systems."

"For typical desktop use, however, such as surfing the Web, sending e-mail, checking stock prices, and so on, Linux has not made much of a dent. It's not as easy to use or easy to install as other systems, nor does it have as many applications available for average users. Fortunately, things are starting to change in this respect. This series of articles will talk about what is changing on the Linux desktop, starting with Helix GNOME."

"GNOME, the GNU Object Model Environment, is one of the most visually appealing Desktop interfaces Linux has. Started by developer Miguel de Icaza, GNOME is bundled with many Linux distributions (and is available for UNIX as well). Miguel started Helix Code, a company focused on further developing GNOME; their product is called Helix GNOME. This month I will discuss Helix GNOME: how easy it is to install, how easy it is to use, and how well it works."

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