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 interview
by Sagres on Mon 24th Nov 2003 19:44 UTC

But perhaps you could have roughed up the HAL guy a bit more, there were some things like when you ask him how portable is the HAL over other kernels and he says it's OS agnostic but doesn't really give any details. Also if it's required to have a kernel interface how are they going to port it to closed source or/and non-unix OSes?
Also if you're going to ask them to compare against quartz you could also have asked them about fresco and directfb.
Another thing that comes to mind would be asking the gnome and kde guys when are they going to make their software independent from the graphics lib (for X haters of us ;-)
But anyway, great interview, keep up the good work.