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