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Sep 02, 2001, 14:00 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

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"This summer's LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in San Francisco was downsized. There were fewer vendors, much less swag, and the floor traffic was spotty -- sometimes heavy, sometimes light. The show reflected the general downturn in the economy, and especially in the tech sector. Linux is not dead and neither is the Linux desktop, despite the steady beat of its funeral dirge in the tres duh press.

One of the first items to catch my eye when the show opened this year was a new office suite for Linux. It's from Hancom, a Korean firm with plans to introduce Hancom Office Suite 2.0 with an English language version this fall. Hancom offers Korean, Japanese, and Chinese versions of its office suite today. I picked up a prerelease version of the English version and will be trying it out over the next week or so.

The two major contenders for your Linux desktop environment, KDE and GNOME were both present. KDE, in fact, won the Best Open Source Project award at the show. GNOME doesn't show any signs of going away either, especially given the close assistance it gets from Ximian."

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