Linked by Rayiner Hashem & Eugenia Loli-Queru on Mon 24th Nov 2003 16:24 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews Today we are very happy to publish a very interesting Q&A with major freedesktop.org members: the founder Havoc Pennington (also of Debian, Gnome and Red Hat fame), Waldo Bastian (of SuSE & KDE fame), Keith Packard and Jim Gettys (of X/XFree86/fontconfig/w3c fame) and David Zeuthen, a new member who's taking over the ambitious HAL project. In the article, we discuss about general freedesktop.org goals, status and issues, the role of KDE/Qt in the road to interoperability with Gnome/GTK+, HAL (with new screenshots), the new X Server aiming to replace XFree86 and we even have an exclusive preliminary screenshot of a version of Mac OS X's Exposé window management feature for this new X Server! This is one article not to be missed if you are into Unix/Linux desktop!
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Great article
by Aaron J. Seigo on Mon 24th Nov 2003 19:29 UTC

Today I remembered why I keep osnews on my bookmark bar: the interviews with people in the trenches. Thanks to both the interviewers and the interviewed for a great read and a great expose of what's up in Open Source desktop world. =)

It really seems we've turned a pretty important corner: up 'til now we've been largely playing catch-up and "clone the leader". With enough work done to have created a viable desktop, we're now able to stop and do some introspection. It's visible in this article how the community is consciously addressing the issues of interop and consistency while also probing into new areas of functionality and capability. This bodes well and makes for exciting times.