glib in kdesupport: yes or no?

Tim Jansen tim at
Mon Mar 10 01:24:39 GMT 2003

On Monday 10 March 2003 00:59, Havoc Pennington wrote:
> Fragmentation means that if Linux reaches critical mass on the desktop
> with 6 million users (making up a number), then either GNOME or KDE
> must get to 6 million. Choice means that GNOME and KDE combined must
> get to 6 million.
> So, I would suggest that it's useful to have both GNOME and KDE when
> having both offers choice, and harmful to have both when that means
> fragmentation.

This is one theory. The other is that both projects compete until they reached 
the point where one of them has so many advantages that it becomes compelling 
to use it. Just like Apache and the NCSA once had similar market shares, or 
Linux and FreeBSD.

Important for reaching this point is the speed of development. If one project 
wastes too much time with inter-operability work, and thus slows down the 
work on innovative features that may be more important for users, this may be 
the end for it.


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