Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Feb 2009 14:11 UTC
Linux With Linux traditionally coming in many, many flavours, a common call among some Linux fans - but mostly among people who actually do not use Linux - is to standardise all the various distributions, and work from a single "one-distribution-to-rule-them-all". In a recent interview, Linus Tovalds discarded the idea, stating that he thinks "it's something absolutely required!"
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RE: Multiple Distros? Yes, but...
by Delgarde on Thu 5th Feb 2009 07:13 UTC in reply to "Multiple Distros? Yes, but..."
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I'm supportive of Linux having multiple distros, HOWEVER, I believe it's time to ditch X and go a much slimmer way of doing all things windowing. It would be nice to see a standardized GUI as part of a loadable module for Linux.

You might consider that there are many other people out there who have thought this a good idea, some of which have even tried doing it. Most of them never get anywhere, because it's not an easy thing to do, and honestly, it's really not all that useful.

X11 is here now, and it works. Even if you successfully write a replacement, how do you expect to get people to use it? Your new desktop isn't much use if people can't run anything under it, so you're going to have to get applications from somewhere. Will you write some sort of X11 compatibility layer? Or maybe port existing toolkits like Gtk+ and Qt? But that's hardly going to give you a standardized GUI, if you're just running all of the existing non-standardized software. So congratulations, I guess you'll be writing your own web browser and mail clients, your own photo-editing tools, your own media player, and all that.

Sounds like a lot of work, doesn't it? What was the benefit, again?

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