The Open Source Developer Labs (OSDL) is aiming to make it easier for open source developers to write code for various Linux systems, by uniting the two main Linux graphical user interfaces in development work.
Project Portland, announced at this week’s LinuxWorld conference in the US, aims to bridge the divide between the GNOME and KDE GUIs.
Project Portland software tools will allow developers to write a single software package that works using either GUI.
OSDL and partner group Freedesktop.org plan to release a beta version of the software tools next month, and version 1.0 of the solution in June.
The effort is being seen by Linux watchers as part of the Linux Standard Base initiative, which is a wider attempt to make the Linux operating system much more manageable to use by software suppliers.
Both the KDE and Gnome developer groups have backed the GUI project, which got its name from an initial meeting of interested developers meeting in Portland, Oregon, last year.