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Submission + - How Would You Fix the Linux Desktop? (itworld.com) 2

itwbennett writes: "Slashdot readers are familiar with the Torvalds/de Icaza slugfest over 'the lack of development in Linux desktop initiatives.' The problem with the Linux desktop boils down to this: We need more apps, and that means making it easier for developers to build them, says Brian Proffitt. 'It's easy to point at solutions like the Linux Standard Base, but that dog won't hunt, possibly because it's not in the commercial vendors' interests to create true cross-distro compatibility. United Linux or a similar consortium probably won't work, for the same reasons,' says Proffitt. So, we put it to the Slashdot community: How would you fix the Linux desktop?"
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How Would You Fix the Linux Desktop?

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  • It's very simple. Microsoft succeeded (at a technical level) because of the binary-level backwards-compatible APIs that are built on top of COM; Apple succeeded because of the binary-level backwards-compatible APIs that are built on top of a fundamental feature of Objective-C.

    Does there exist, anywhere in the GNU/Linux world, a similar system to COM and to Objective-C? yes... sort-of: Olivetti Labs released CORBA under the GPL in 1997, but only GNOME took it up. KDE developed DCOP in a famous "20 minute

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