Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 5th Nov 2005 17:51 UTC, submitted by AdriAn Avila
Novell and Ximian Rumors circulating that Novell is going to kill off its popular Linux desktop lines are completely false. [However,] Novell is making one large strategic change. The GNOME interface is going to become the default interface on both the SLES and Novell Linux Desktop line. KDE libraries will be supplied on both, but the bulk of Novell's interface moving forward will be on GNOME. "The entire KDE graphical interface and product family will continue to be supported and delivered on OpenSuSE."
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There's a point where standards don't cover what you need any more, for example without turning to 3rd party libraries there is little to no support for networking, getting information on file systems such as the contents of a folder, or threading in current ISO C++. Posix libraries provide such functionality and are available in almost every OS, but those aren't part of the standard libraries of programming languages.

The sample programs you work with in computer science courses are very controlled to avoid this obstacle. Furthermore there are libraries provided for you as part of the course that provide a frontend to anything beyond the scope of the course, thus making it seem easier than it really is.

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