Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 20th Aug 2006 03:08 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source "If we want open source software to take off on the desktop, we need to reduce the amount of choice and concentrate our efforts into a single app for each purpose. Choice is one of the drawcards of open source software, but if it is ever to receive adoption at any recognisable level on the desktop, there needs to be less of it. More is less and less is more." More here.
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I think I have to agree unfortunately
by Wondercool on Sun 20th Aug 2006 06:43 UTC
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I think the author hit the nail on the hat.

Linux suffers from the old Unix disease of too many distro's, too many re-inventers of the wheel just like the early 90's when some people even thought Unix could take over the desktop...

But's lets face it, there is a an awful lot of duplication:

1) package managers. Now we have about 5 good packet managers. They are all good, but it also means we have to package 5 times and test 5 times.

2) desktop managers. If you use Gnome and want to use Amarok, welcome to a dozen KDE libs for 1 app.
Just imagine KDE and Gnome together (yes, not likely).
All the developers working together for 1 single desktop (productivity gain), all desktop apps use the same libs, no more copy /paste problems, etc

3) hardware recognisition. I really wish there was a central repository, where the details are published how to get a device working, so all distro's could use it.
Especially wifi is a problem for me and I have to compile it myself. Not always easy. With a central database things could be automated more easily and distro's can have the same hardware recognisition.

All in all, I share the authors opinion and think a lot of little islands is fun, but does not really do a lot of good for desktop users

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