GNOME, KDE aim at Windows

Brooks, Jason
September 2004
eWeek;9/27/2004, Vol. 21 Issue 39, p64
This article focuses on upgrades in KDE and GNOME open-source software projects. Advances in these two softwares build the case for Linux as a viable alternative to Windows on mainstream corporate desktops. Some of the biggest changes in KDE 3.3 and GNOME 2.8 lie in the projects' respective e-mail and collaboration clients, Kontact and Evolution. Both applications are well-integrated into their desktop environments and cover a full range of groupware functionality. Both desktop environments were tested on systems running Fedora Core 2. GNOME 2.8 was compiled and installed using Garnome, a script that automates the lengthy process of downloading and compiling the GNOME source code in the proper order. The Garnome Project Web site has been overhauled and now contains much better documentation than before. KDE 3.3, released last month, was tested using precompiled binary packages downloaded from Red Hat Inc.'s development repository. GNOME 2.8, released earlier this month, marks the long-awaited Version 2.0 release of the Evolution groupware client, which, for the first time ships as an integrated part of the desktop environment.


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