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GNOME needs to go to the Moon

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Even as the prospect of a another new Windows blunder and some new OEM deals have some wondering if this might be the time people start paying attention to the Linux desktop, disruptions within Linux desktop development communities may be threatening the future of the Linux desktop.

One week ago, German GTK+ developer Benjamin Otte, after announcing he would not be attending this week's GUADEC conference, wrote a highly cited blog entry listing the problems he perceives within the GNOME community.

Meanwhile, over in KDE-land, one of the biggest commercial sponsors of the Qt library, Nokia, may be finally performing the operation many thought was inevitable from the day CEO Stephen Elop announced Nokia would be partnering with Microsoft for smartphone platforms: the amputation of its Qt assets Nokia picked up when is bought Trolltech.

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