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Full Article Attached Mozilla Looking to Forge Alliances with GNOME and Other Open Source Projects to Combat Longhorn

Tuesday April 6th, 2004

jgraham writes: "Brendan Eich has written an interesting post to the netscape.public.mozilla.seamonkey newsgroup outlining some of the plans being made to ensure that Mozilla technology remains useful and relevant in the future. Brendan sees Mozilla developing into an open cross-platform alternative to forthcoming Microsoft technologies such as XAML and is looking to collaborate with other open-source projects to make this happen." The GNOME project is mentioned explicitly. Brendan's message is part of a longer thread about the goals of mozilla.org.


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by marcoos

Wednesday April 7th, 2004 1:11 AM

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I think the reasons for Gnome are simple: 1) Gnome is supported by major Linux/UNIX companies (Novell/Ximian, Red Hat, IBM and Sun Microsystems) and is the de facto standard for corporate Linux users. 2) Mono has a Gtk/Gnome integration (gtk# etc.), there's no such thing for KDE. If the new Mozilla-based platform wants to use .NET languages (C# and friends) with XUL on Linux, Mono is the only reasonable choice. 3) Mozilla uses the same set of libraries as Gnome (gtk), while KDE uses qt. The Mozilla/qt port is dead, nobody was really interested in maintaing it. 4) Major Linux applications (both free software apps like The GIMP and proprietary like VM Ware) are GTK-based. 5) Gnome is less bloated than KDE. 6) KDE already has Konqueror, they rather wouldn't like to trash it... :)