Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 20th Jul 2004 18:50 UTC, submitted by Jono Bacon
Linux Jono Bacon has written an article on my O'Reilly Blog called The path to unified interaction which looks at the challenges of making our software work natively in the different desktop environments on Linux. Do you think this is something we should strive for, and if so, do you think it is technically possible?
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@alberta and Re: Market Forces
by Shawn on Tue 20th Jul 2004 19:58 UTC

@alberta and Re: Market Forces

More than likely, GNOME will become the desktop of choice for most businesses should they decide to use alternative operating systems based on the BSD or Linux kernels. Why you ask? Because the LGPL licensing of GTK, and the large corporate backing behind GNOME (Sun, Red Hat, Novell, SuSE, Ximian, and others) are a large encouragement to business users that they'll be taken care of.

In my opinion, there must be a unified desktop before alternative operating systems can become mainstream, and I don't believe that GNOME or KDE completely satisfy the requirements of curent user groups. Both come close, and both fall miserably short in several areas.