Linux Leaps Toward KDE/GNOME Compatibility
The two leading Linux desktop development groups have started burying the hatchet by creating a set of common APIs for the GNOME and KDE desktops. (DesktopLinux.com)The Open Source Development Labs, the consortium dedicated to the adoption of Linux, and freedesktop.org, the open-source project focused on interoperability for X Window System desktops, announced the technology preview of the first set of common interfaces for the GNOME and KDE Linux desktops, on April 4 at LinuxWorld in Boston. The Portland Projects technology preview is focused on two sets of interfacesa suite of command-line tools and a set of library APIs called DAPI.
The DAPI APIs are part of a service-oriented architecture that Linux developers can use to provide customized services while maintaining a common set of interfaces across desktops.