Subject: Re: [open-source] Sun to start charging for Star Office
To: None <email@example.com>
From: David S. <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 03/21/2002 11:47:12
> > And how does providing a nice desktop environment for those who wish
> > to use such a thing change that? After all, the underlying mechanisms
> > are still there for people who wish to use them.
> Isn't this the promise of GNOME, KDE and Mac OS X? Why does this
> have to be an either/or game? Why can't one have a well-designed
> responsive desktop (a gestural interface, if you like) with access
> to the power of the command line tools?
You're fighting the last war, generals. The general-purpose "desktop"
computer is doomed anyway, because the cost of supporting it is too
high. The hardware makers have been able to keep it limping along by
cutting prices - and their own margins - but that can't go on forever.
So having a "nice desktop environment" would be "nice", but not