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Friday, August 15th 2003, 12:30am

Have GNOME developers hijacked the X fork?!!

<B>" Why Keith Packard's X11 fork has gone silent.</B> More
disturbing news on the KDE/Gnome front. Some of you may have noticed that
there has been very little public technical discussion about the X11 fork Keith
Packard has been doing called <A HREF="" TARGET="_url">XWin</A> lately.
In the past couple months they've all been pretty much silent. Wondering why?
Well, I have been told by someone close to the project that it's because it's
been hijacked by Gnome developers and they don't want to debate integrating
Gnome technologies. Particularly they want to integrate things like GConf
and Glib into the X server without having to discuss it. So they are no
longer talking about what they are doing on the mailing lists or website
forums. If XWin is a success because of things like Xr and they are able to
sneak things other things like GConf in without debate or public discussion
it would be a huge win for them.
This is why all the public forums are silent: It's not that they are not
doing anything - it's that they don't want to tell people about it ;-)
I can't confirm or deny this, but have been told the above information by
someone both very visible and well-known in the Linux community and close to
Red Hat. He said the person leading this effort is Havoc, not Keith Packard,
so Keith is not to blame.
He also stated that in response to KDE getting positive coverage due to it's usability both RedHat and Sun are
actively lobbying their customers against KDE. Not only this, but there
have been accusations from people close to both companies that they are
feeding anti-KDE articles to news sites from supposedly "neutral" sources.
This is not suprising for RedHat, but I rather thought Sun learned from their
desktop choice mistake before."
If this rumor proves to be true and I sincerely hope it is not, the implications are enormous and this behaviour goes agains everything that OSS stands for, including choice! <P>
No one is a virgin, life screws us all.