Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 10th Feb 2008 14:12 UTC
OS/2 and eComStation "It just might be possible for Linux desktop users to get one of OS/2's best features: SOM (System Object Model). Of course, many of you are asking, 'SOM, What's the heck is SOM?' I'll tell you. It's a CORBA object-oriented shared library. Those of you who aren't programmers are doubtlessly staring cross-eyed at the screen right about now. For you: SOM is an easy-to-use universal programming library that both KDE and GNOME developers could use to create programs that would work in any Linux desktop environment."
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Superseeded by D-Bus
by Pfeifer on Mon 11th Feb 2008 10:16 UTC
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This might have made a difference about four or five years ago. But now D-Bus nicely fills the niche of the object-oriented message framework. And it does it surprisingly well; KDE and Gnome both use D-Bus now, and there is incentive to increase interoperability between the two desktops and toolkits.

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