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ADTmag.com: Linux gladiators duel for desktop crown

Jun 07, 2001, 17:57 (30 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John K. Waters)

[ Thanks to Jonathan M. Prigot for this link. ]

Something in here for desktop warriors, (GNU/Linux|plain old Linux) debaters, and fans of creative cut-and-pasting. Intended as a "big picture" piece on the two major desktop environments, and dated this month, this item's still got Eazel as a player that will give GNOME the edge and maintains that if Qt hadn't charged any fees RMS and company would have been happy with it.

"Ultimately, the selection of one environment over the other does feel a bit like betting on a horserace. Who will ultimately win this race?

"It all depends on who starts knocking down the wins," said Murphy. "People building client-side software for Linux, and those organizations starting to coalesce around one or the other could drive a standard; or if one or the other starts to get a significant win in the device market. And the issue there is, can they run in a small enough footprint? That's often really hard."

But even if there is a clear "winner," the sheer bloody-mindedness of the open sourcers is bound to keep multiple contestants on the track."

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