on desktop wars

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Yesterday, after arriving at the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Sevilla, I had three people in a row claiming one of the following: "You're a KDE guy, I'm GNOME guy, so we should be fighting (rather than drinking beer together)", "KDE? Sorry, I'm a GNOME user." or "... (silence)".

Apart from that being serious or not, I'll take it as an invitation to state my stance about the relationship between KDE and GNOME:

* Uptake of one is positive for the other. It's easier to switch from KDE to GNOME and the other way round than it is to switch from Windows or Mac to Linux, BSD OpenSolaris or one of the other Free platforms supported.

* If it's either KDE or GNOME (or Windows or Mac for that matter), in the end that sounds like we're heading from one monopoly into another.

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