Work is underway to provide a means whereby developers can create a single application that works on the KDE
Linux desktop environments. Backed by the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL
) and Freedesktop.org
, the Portland project will make it possible for code to be written once, and then used on either a KDE or Gnome environment
. OSDL hopes that the move will lead to an increase in the appeal of Linux as a desktop operating system.
A preview of Portland was unveiled at the LinuxWorld conference in Boston on Tuesday. A first beta is scheduled for May 2006 and version 1.0 is slated for June.