By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2001-04-23 Print this article Print

.4"> GNOME 1.4

The most recent desktop environment from the GNOME Project brings in Eazels Nautilus as its default graphical shell and adds a variety of usability enhancements. However, sites that are new to Linux will likely have a better experience with KDE.

SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // GNOME 1.4 presents a major installation headache, so most sites should wait to install it until Ximian releases its own GNOME 1.4 distribution.

LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Beginning with version 2.0, GNOME will be the default desktop environment for Solaris and HP-UX, making it the most common face of Unix and seeding GNOME throughout the enterprise.

Provides feedback during application launch; includes Nautilus file manager.

Slower than KDE; difficult to install; inconsistent support for cut-and-paste operations.

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As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. JasonÔÇÖs coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at

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