Linux desktop

Tech brief

The nonprofit Open Source Development Labs has started a project to fuse the two dominant Linux desktop graphical user interfaces, the staid but consistent KDE and the more adventurous but buggier Gnome.

The Portland Project will develop a set of common application programming interfaces that developers can use to write applications that will work in both environments.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.


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