Two First Looks at Ximian Desktop 2
Jun 03, 2003, 01:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr, Dennis E. Powell)
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LinuxWorld: A First Look at Ximian Desktop 2
[ Thanks to Joe Barr for
this link. ]
"I missed Ximian Desktop. I gave it up last fall when I
installed Red Hat 8.0. It's not that I didn't like Bluecurve, the
new desktop treatment for GNOME and KDE that Red Hat included with
8.0, but it just wasn't Ximian. The months went by and I began to
wonder if Ximian would ever release a new version of its desktop.
The real problem, of course, was not Red Hat's Bluecurve, but
getting Ximian completely ported to GNOME 2.
"Ximian is a commercial endeavor founded by Nat Friedman and
Miguel de Icaza, who founded the GNOME project. Their goal was to
accelerate the adoption of Linux as a desktop platform. The Ximian
Desktop represents a natural extension of the GNOME desktop. When a
friend asked me what the difference was between GNOME or Bluecurve
and the Ximian Desktop, I answered 'polish, polish, polish...'"
Linux and Main: First Look: Ximian Desktop
"It takes about five minutes with Ximian Desktop 2, released
today, to realize that it is not for everybody. It takes five
minutes more to realize that one of its greatest strengths is that
it is not for everybody.
"Boston-based Ximian has made the point all along that it's
purpose is getting Linux into enterprises, chiefly through its Red
Carpet distributed management system and, on the desktop, through
Evolution, its email-PIM-groupware application, Connector, which
allows Evolution to be a Microsoft Exchange client, and its
Ximian Rolls Out New Linux Desktop(Jun 02, 2003)