Subject: LessTif, Gartner Group
From: kragen@pobox.com (Kragen)
Date: Fri, 5 Jun 1998 12:28:19 -0400 (EDT)

The Gartner Group has published a rather fuzzy-headed report on "Free
Unix", focusing primarily on Linux and FreeBSD.  It's at
<URL:http://advisor.gartner.com/inbox/articles/ihl2_6398.html>.

LessTif is supposedly much improved over the LessTif of a few months
ago -- ref <URL:http://slashdot.org/features/9806051046213.shtml>.
Mozilla, DDD, and Open Inventor are claimed to "compile out of the box
and run with few if any problems".

KDE and GNOME are amazing.  KDE has KLyX, which is a sort of word
processor that uses LaTeX for a back-end to render onto paper.  There's
a screenshot at <URL:http://www.kde.org/screenshots/desktop4.gif>.  KDE
is shaping up as a do-everything viable replacement for Win95 (as a UI,
not an OS).  I still haven't tried it myself.

GNOME, which is based on the LGPLed GTK+ toolkit instead of the
free-for-GPL-use Qt toolkit, is slated to surpass KDE sometime in the
next year.  It's usable now.  It's received a large grant of money from
Debian, and currently has its headquarters at Red Hat Advanced
Development Labs, where they hired the Enlightenment guy (among others)
to work on it.  Screenshot:
<URL:http://www.gnome.org/screenshots/le_screenshot.jpg>.

Still no GIMP 1.0.

Kragen