"During 2000, major advances on the server laid the
foundation for a similar acceptance of Linux as a desktop platform.
And 2000 saw big happenings there. How about Helix GNOME, for
example? Few things have had such an impact on my desktop as Helix
Code's version of GNOME. In one swoop the company removed both
stumbling blocks that had prevented so many of us from adopting
GNOME for regular use: it made the desktop easy to install and easy
to maintain. Not long after the arrival of Helix GNOME, I became a
full-time GNOME user."
"And what about the bombshell announcement Sun Microsystems
dropped over the summer that it would relicense StarOffice under
the GPL? Few Linux events this year surprised me as much as that
announcement. With all the money, hype, and hyperbole thrown at
GNU/Linux from so many industry heavyweights, it's not always easy
to see if the statements that companies make are sincere or simply
posturing. But relicensing a proprietary product like StarOffice
under the GPL removes all the wiggle room. It's done. It can't be
undone. Motives no longer matter. See for yourself what's coming by
visiting the OpenOffice Website... Thank you, Sun
"Nimbly leaping from one desktop environment to another, I'd
also like to celebrate the arrival of KDE2, which is running right
now on my one of my two desktop boxes. If people thought that the
competition between KDE and GNOME ended with the birth of the GNOME
Foundation, they don't think that way any longer. Not only does KDE
now have a league of its own, but the company is also building an
ever more stable, complete, and polished office environment. KDE2
includes KOffice, which gives us an even broader choice of office
suites. My hat goes off to all the KDE hackers."
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