"...Unlike Windows or the Mac, Linux is "open source," created
and tested by thousands of volunteers. It invites
experimentation that is impossible for a single company. Linux is
also free, offering an escape from commercial feature-itis. And
because Linux is at the genesis of its interface-design period, it
need not be a slave to backward compatibility."
"That combination offers hope that Linux will take genuinely new
directions. It had better. A mere copy of the Mac or Windows
interface would ensure its failure; to win over typical users,
Linux has to be far better."
"Eazel's Nautilus--the graphical interface for Gnome,
(http://www.gnome.org) a project that is building user-friendly,
Linux-based software--shows some promise along these lines."
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