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LinuxPlanet: Ximian GNOME 1.4: The Monkey Has Landed

May 01, 2001, 03:45 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

"Several weeks after the initial source-only release of GNOME 1.4, and almost a year after its first release of a repackaged GNOME 1.2, Ximian released its own version of the desktop environment: Ximian GNOME 1.4."

"Ximian's distribution of GNOME is built around the proposition that in addition to the building blocks of the basic desktop environment, some added polish in the form of easier installation and more user-friendly tools are required to truly complete the end-user experience. To that end, Ximian provides not only an easy-to-use installer that's simple to launch, but a few other add-ons and enhancements designed to ease use and maintenance of a Linux (or Unix) workstation."

"To that end, Ximian has to be evaluated not only on the strengths GNOME brings to the table, but how well it succeeds in capitalizing on those strengths and making good on its promise to take them to the next level."

"Ximian's former CEO Nat Friedman pointed out several times during the gap between vanilla GNOME 1.4's initial release and Ximian's release of its final product that his company's purpose isn't simply to perform basic quality assurance and binary packages. What end users finally ended up with provides evidence that Ximian is on the right track, though we'll see that in addition to some excellent new features, promising tools, and good usability touches, there's still a little work to be done."

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