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Gnome to be based on .NET - de Icaza
By Andrew Orlowski in New York
Posted: 01/02/2002 at 17:56 GMT

How much do you love Microsoft's .NET? Enough to trust your Gnome applications to its APIs in the future?

That's what Gnome leader Miguel de Icaza, believes should happen.

How are chances that this will not be another doomed emulation effort of a proprietary MSFT API the got stuck at the 99% mark (Remember Sun's WABI, Linux WINE, the MS Office filters in StarOffice)? That there will be a 100% full-featured .NET implementation for Linux that lives longer than the next MSFT update?

My personal view is chances are low and therefore GNOME 3.0 will never fly, but I may lack information.

I confess I am a little biased, since I am long SUNW, the very company some members of this board claimed "scared to death" because of Larry's Linux comments. BTW, I think otherwise on that topic, please visit the SUNW board for the details.

When .NET "takes over the world" SUNW is toast. What .NET is missing is credibility, especially in the Open Systems world (where I equally put Linux and Solaris into). GNOME moving to .NET is a big step forward gaining credibility.


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