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LWN: GNUstep, should I join ?

Jun 07, 2001, 22:00 (23 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis Leeuw)

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The author of this brief bit of GNUStep advocacy says GNUstep, despite being largely abandoned by the FSF in favor of GNOME, is very much alive and providing what the "desktop environments" aren't: a cross platform development environment.

"That's what I like about Open Source and Free Software: projects can't die. They can be put on hold, waiting for someone to pick them up, or they can be slowed down by a lack of eye-balls, but if they are good enough they can stay alive. Most important even when the biggest chief turns it's back on a project, like Richard Stallman did on GNUstep in favour of GNOME, it's not gonna wipe out the project.

The project is still alive. GNUstep is a project that has always lacked the exposure to the great wide public. The people working on it aren't very concerned with being visible, they want the best. They want the best cross platform application development environment. And that is probably their problem. They still see it as a Development Environment, while all the rest of the world is waiting for a Desktop Environment. Talking about a lack of communication!"

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