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DesktopLinux.com: Interview With Gnumeric project leader Jody Goldberg

Jan 11, 2002, 23:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rick Lehrbaum)
RL: Is gnumeric usable with KDE, or just GNOME?

Goldberg: Absolutely, we've had several compatibility requests mainly dealing with 'Klipper'. Gnumeric uses a full MVC separation, which keeps the gui aspects at arms length. I've started looking into offering an xparts wrapper once development moves to gtk-2.

RL: Is there anything else you'd like to say to the Desktop Linux community?

Goldberg: Two thoughts . . .

First: This is not a race . There are frequently posts and articles asking when linux will be ready for the desktop, complaining that it is not ready for the desktop, or pontificating that it never will be. This is nonsense. It has taken years of development for MS and Apple to produce their frameworks. They have more money and more beta testers (aka paying customers). Open source development is not magic and can not instantly overtake these projects. The desktop is an evolving target, we are getting there quickly. There are already many users whose needs are met by open alternatives. That number will continue to grow. That is the beauty of open source, it can continue to improve and expand as long as people are interested in it."

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