NewsForge: KDE and GNOME: Is this war?
Jan 08, 2001, 20:52 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Berkes)
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
"They're the greatest thing since sliced bread or the biggest
waste of hard drive space imaginable. Some users wouldn't have gone
near a computer without at least one; others believe they're only
good for those rare times when a graphical Web browser is needed.
With recent developments between the GNOME and KDE camps, 2001
could shape up to be an entertaining year for the world of window
managers and desktop environments."
"Window managers on UNIX systems are hardly anything new; the
beginnings of the modern graphical user interface date back to the
mid-1980s, when MIT first released the networked bitmap services
that are now known as X11. Before X came W, along with a stream of
lesser-known window managers, some Open Source and some not, with
names like SunView, NeWS, and GEM that sound exotic to newcomers
and invoke nostalgia in the minds of programming veterans."
"Today, there's no shortage of window managers making use of X,
with form and function to suit almost any individual user's
specific needs. If anything, the major obstacle to installing and
using these extra services is more about publicity than technology.
With recent developments hinting at a battle for the Linux desktop
in 2001, it's possible that smaller window managers may suffer as a
"There are two giants in the Linux desktop world: GNOME and KDE.
Virtually all new Linux computers and most distributions ship with
one, the other or, more frequently, both of these desktop
environments. Both environments share services and features that
make it easier for users to administer their systems, but with the
inclusion of tools that don't always function reliably with
alternative solutions, also make users reluctant to test the
- 32BitsOnline: KDE vs. GNOME: One User's Experience
(Jan 07, 2001)
- Kuro5hin.org: Is KDE digging its own grave?(Dec 30, 2000)
- KDE Dot News: Embedding external parts into KDE; KDE/GNOME integration in sight?(Dec 21, 2000)
- CNET News.com: Linux is Too Much(Dec 20, 2000)
- Window Manager Spec 1.0 Now Available, GNOME developer cites KDE/GNOME Cooperation(Dec 10, 2000)
- Chris Schlaeger: Why we have created the KDE League
(Nov 22, 2000)
- eWeek: Linux factions battle over desktop platforms(Nov 20, 2000)
- Upside: KDE League looks much like Gnome Foundation
(Nov 17, 2000)
- InfoWorld: KDE ready to do battle with Gnome
(Nov 16, 2000)
- eWeek: Linux backers to announce KDE League(Nov 15, 2000)
- ZDNet: KDE backers to form a league of their own; KDE League comparable to GNOME Foundation(Nov 13, 2000)
- LinuxToday.com.au: KDE, Gnome And The Media(Nov 10, 2000)
- LinuxPlanet: The Perils of Irresponsible Advocacy
(Oct 27, 2000)