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Leo Savernik l.savernik at aon.at
Mon Jan 19 15:27:17 GMT 2004

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Am Montag, 19. Januar 2004 16:13 schrieb Tim Jansen:
> On Monday 19 January 2004 14:42, Leo Savernik wrote:
> > I agree, from the user's point of view it is *the dream*.
> Is it?
> The user's dream is to have as many good applications as possible. And in
> the short term a way to achieve this is to 'assimilate' applications from
> other projects. But in the long term, when the 'market' for free DEs
> matures, it is likely to consolidate. Just like there is only one free web
> server that matters. Then the commercial competition is the target, and
> things like a simple architecture and easy/cost-efficient development
> become much more important. MS obviously recognized that and focuses on
> making development easier (http://www.ntk.net/media/developers.mpg).
> Whatever free DE may win, I bet that in 10 years the applications from the
> other DE will be forgotten.

Actually, the user doesn't care about DEs. If a gnome app looks like a KDE 
app, he won't realize it. However, you're right, in the long run it's very 
likely that one DE will prevail.

As you mention ease of development, I'd say KDE has an advantage here. Gideon, 
Perl-, Python-, Ruby-, Java-, ECMAScript-bindings, QSA, Qt Designer, Qt SQL 
Abstraction Layer and Widgets, Kexi, ... all of this is in the works or 
already working. These are the real assets of KDE, and they should be 
advertised appropriately. (And more anti fud against Qt licensing is needed 
so that companies get a holistic view about real costs involved.)
> bye...

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