Mozilla Foundation Holds Future Strategy Talks with GNOME Foundation

Monday April 26th, 2004

Slashdot is reporting that the Mozilla Foundation has held talks with the GNOME Foundation to discuss future collaboration. The minutes of the meeting, which took place via teleconference last Wednesday, reveal that the discussions covered the integration of Mozilla with GNOME, strategies to combat Microsoft Longhorn technologies (especially XAML), duplication of technology between the two projects and the default Linux browser. The meeting follows Brendan Eich's earlier comments about how the Mozilla project can move forward with GNOME. Exactly how closely the two projects will work together is still being debated. The Mozilla Foundation is keen to form an official alliance with GNOME, while founder of the Galeon and Epiphany GNOME browser projects Marco Pesenti Gritti is pushing for a full merger.

#20 Noooooooo! Please, noooooo!

by alex_t <>

Tuesday April 27th, 2004 12:31 PM

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Two objections: 1. As Windows user I want to be as focused on Windows versions as they already are. Merging with Linux desktop vendor will not be helpful for this - I guess. 2. GNOME's GTK/GTK+ are HORRIBLE in terms of Windows GUI standarts and usability (BTW QT is better, but also far from perfect). Even with special "Windows-emulation" (Windows "emulation" on Windows??? Doh!!!) themes GTK sucks (and not only visually, but also in the way how controls work, how windows are painted, etc). But honestly - what can you expect from Linux desktop makers? The only "so-so" usable Linux GUIs are the ones that mimic Windows or MacOS.