The Open Source Developer Labs (OSDL) is aiming to make it easier for open source developers to write code for Linux systems by uniting the two main Linux graphical user interfaces in development work.
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Project Portland, announced at last 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 interface.
OSDL and partner group Freedesktop.org plan to release a beta version of the tool next month and version 1.0 of the software in June.
The project is part of the Linux Standard Base initiative, a wider attempt to make the Linux operating system more manageable for software suppliers.
Both the KDE and Gnome developer groups have backed the Project Portland, which got its name from an initial meeting of interested developers meeting in Portland, Oregon last year.