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ZDNet: Nautilus: here today. Eazel: gone tomorrow?

Mar 20, 2001, 00:14 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Henry Kingman)

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"Eazel's Nautilus 1.0 shipped this week and banished any remaining qualms about Linux's viability on the desktop. How good is Nautilus? When I installed a preview release on my home computer six months ago my housemates actually started using the Linux box."

"Eazel, meanwhile, cut 40 jobs in the business and marketing teams -- half its staff -- and may not have much future left after it finishes out its contracts to port Nautilus to commercial Unix platforms such as Solaris. With only the engineering staff spared, what hope is there for Eazel to produce a viable service?..."

"How can Nautilus look forward to a rosy future while parent company Eazel gasps for venture capital? Simple: the GPL."

"The GPL ensures developers and users alike that the code will have a life of its own, apart from the economic health of any associated commercial vendors."

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