USENIX Honors GNOME and KDE Architects for Contributions to Open Source Community

Apr 20, 2005, 01:00 ET from USENIX Association

    SAN FRANCISCO, April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- USENIX, the Advanced Computing
 Systems Association, celebrating its 30th anniversary, honored GNOME co-
 founder Miguel de Icaza and KDE creator Mattias Ettrich with its Software
 Tools User Group (STUG) award for their accomplishments in developing user
 friendly graphical user interfaces for the open source desktop.
     The STUG award, which recognizes significant contributions to the open
 source reusable code-base, selected de Icaza and Ettrich for their
 achievements in creating a set of libraries, tools, and applications which are
 portable and run across several different operating system platforms and
 hardware architectures. The award was announced at the 2005 USENIX Annual
 Technical Conference.
     "With the development of user friendly GUIs, both de Icaza and Ettrich are
 credited with overcoming a significant obstacle in the proliferation of open
 source," said Ellie Young, Executive Director, USENIX. "Their efforts have
 significantly contributed to the growing popularity of the open source desktop
 among the general public."
     The KDE project, launched in October of 1996, followed by GNOME in August
 of 1997 were initiated to develop desktops that were easy to use, mapped to
 traditional UNIX philosophies, and gave access to all of the underlying
 features that the UNIX Command-Line User Interface (CLI) contained.
     While the KDE and GNOME desktops competed with each other, they also
 served to strengthen each other, resulting in a range of applications that
 have allowed different implementations of the UNIX operating system into the
 non-technical marketplace. By embracing the concepts of free and open source
 software, the desktop projects allowed for freely distributed code that
 allowed any distribution or software developer to utilize these graphical
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