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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by Rayiner Hashem on Wed 21st Jul 2004 19:17 UTC

1) SuSE never bought Ximian. Novell bought Ximian. So SuSE never supported Ximian.

2) Defaults matter a lot. The default desktop in the product a company is shipping is what gets the development effort and the development funds. SuSE has invested quite a bit into KDE, and this is continuing under Novell. Novell may support GNOME, but at least for now, it's in the KDE camp as far as "majority of development effort" goes. Remember, SuSE was 10x larger than Ximian going into this deal.

3) Debian is desktop-agnostic. DebConf has GTK+ back-ends in addition to Qt back-ends. Progeny is similar (indeed, a key point of Componentized Linux is to enable their distro to be component-agnostic).

4) What "many other companies? There are quite a few companes that indirectly support GNOME by shipping RedHat, but that hardly amounts to backing GNOME. Heck, IBM ships both RedHat (GNOME) and SuSE (KDE), but you'd probably say that makes them a GNOME backer, right? Sheesh...