Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd Sep 2005 15:51 UTC, submitted by William Lahti
Linux The first snapshot release of Komodo, a next-generation Linux/.NET-based operating system, is now available. "A new desktop environment codenamed Dagon is now being developed with [D-Bus, Composite, Linux 2.6] to bring a new face of Linux to users. The environment is being developed around the Emotion graphics/UI toolkit to best make use of these new display and communication technologies as well as to provide a solid and useable interface for casual users." Get the latest snapshots from their FTP servers. Read more information for developers, users and enterprise users.
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why not Etoile?
by on Fri 23rd Sep 2005 12:23 UTC

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I think they should have used Etoile as their DE. Etoile is a lightwight DE based on GNUstep. The advantage for Komodo would be that people already work on GNUstep and Etoile and that GNUstep (and Cocoa) have already proven that they are excellent frameworks.

Also Objective-C is a good language. Maybe it is not as good as C#/Mono, but the advantage is that it does not need a VM and I think even MS has given up on writing everything in .NET because it is just too slow and memory consuming for certain things.

Furthermore, I think there would be much more people from the FOSS community that would be willing to help GNUstep/Etoile once it picked up some momentum and would be the default desktop. On the other hand a lot of people from the FOSS community are sceptical of Mono because of the unresolved patent issues.

I can of course understand that the developers of Komodo want to do what they enjoy, but I still think that corporation between Etoile and Komodo could be a really good thing.

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RE: why not Etoile?
by on Fri 23rd Sep 2005 13:21 in reply to "why not Etoile?"
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I am not seeing the type of movement in GNUStep or any of the light or heavy DEs based on it the way I would like to. What exactly are you/they doing? GNUStep isnít becoming any more compatible with Cocoa and none of the DEs is moving faster then molasses. The WMs in Objective-C are dead (InterfaceWM and what was the name of the other). Cameleon is still not ready. Iím really rooting for you guys but your not making it easy.

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