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NewsForge: Ximian and theKompany: Converging doctrines

Jan 07, 2002, 14:18 (30 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)
"If KDE and GNOME are the Hatfield and McCoy of Open Source graphical desktop environments, then theKompany.com and Ximian are not exactly kissing cousins. But the philosophical beliefs of the two businesses are converging, and the community is settling down to a broader acceptance of commercial software.

Assuming computer users choose their desktops before they choose their desktop applications, ostensibly theKompany's and Ximian's target markets are non-intersecting sets. But their business practices and philosophies on Open Source have been scrutinized, discussed and compared at length in public.

An unspoken rivalry seems to exist between the two businesses that develop practical software applications, theKompany.com for KDE and Ximian for GNOME. Critics of Ximian say it controls GNOME and has sold out to Microsoft because of involvement with the Mono project, which is working on an Open Source implementation of the .Net development framework. Miguel de Icaza, the guy who started GNOME and is one of the founders of Ximian (fka Helix Code), says critics need to get involved. "Read the foundation reports as well as all the announcements that happen there. Ximian is a contributor to GNOME, just like many other individuals and companies.""

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