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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by superstoned on Sun 10th Feb 2008 15:43 UTC
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Wasn't Corba so horrible KDE created DCOP (and now DBUS is partly designed after it)? And Gnome, which officially supported it, barely used it so they jumped on the DBUS car as soon as it got kind'a usable?

If my memory serves me right, CORBA already proved to be incapable of serving the free desktop - the Wikipedia page kind'a confirms that, talking about it's design- and implementation flaws.

Google brings you to a few pages:
(read further on that page for reasons why Corba failed).
And the D-BUS faq talks about CORBA and other alternatives as well:

From what I've read, CORBA might theoretically be great - but in real life, it sucked for both KDE and Gnome. DBUS on the other hand already proved to be a good solution - KDE seems happy with it, Gnome as well.

I don't know much technical details, so I'd love if someone who does can elaborate a bit more...

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