CORBA's not boring yet. / XML in an OS?

Robb Shecter shecter at
Mon Feb 8 10:40:48 GMT 1999

Tyler Baker wrote:

> I wrote:

> >...this month's Linux Journal -
> > it describes how -both- up and coming desktop environments are basing
> > major parts of their architectures on CORBA.  KDE's so cool it makes me
> > want to learn C++. :)
> > Prediction:  In 3 years, half the people on this list will be using a
> > corba-based desktop environment.
> Not likely.  My biggest problem with CORBA was that it was too huge for the client and
> consumed too many resources.

Actually, I was implying that half of us will be using Linux, and therefore Corba, because it's
now in the desktop environments.  I -was- exagerating, but I think it's not extreme to predict
that in 2-3 years Linux (with KDE or GNOME) will have broken out of the hacker-only world, and
onto the desktop.

> > Anyhow, this naturally makes me wonder - could XML and related ideas
> > like XSL have a place in an operating system?  Where would they fit in?
> > KDE and Gnome could be great playgrounds for trying something like this
> > out.
> They already do if you consider Internet Explorer a fundamental part of the Windows Operating
> System (-:

Ouch.  :)

- Robb

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