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LinuxPlanet: .comment: The Developers Haven't Heard

Apr 04, 2001, 11:43 (58 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis E. Powell)

"As one distributor after another moves away from the idea of selling desktop Linux to mere people, it becomes increasingly clear that the developer community hasn't gotten word that Linux isn't suited to be a desktop operating system for the likes of me and thee."


"On Monday, GNOME 1.4 either was or wasn't released, and if it wasn't we can pretty well assume it will oneday be. (I write this on Monday with the issue still in doubt.) When it is, my colleague Michael P. Hall, who has really cool initials, will very ably tell you about it."

"And though GNOME is not my desktop of choice, surely it is the one that seems most specifically aimed at the single-machine desktop user as opposed to the enterprise, what with the variety of content provision either offered or envisioned for it. I suppose there are ways that this could be turned to the advantage of businesses, but it is the single/home/hobbyist market that seems to me to be most likely to make use of these services. If the desktop is no place for Linux, the people at GNOME (and Ximian and Eazel) haven't heard about it."

"Nor have the people involved with KDE, where some exciting stuff is going on..."

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