Linked by David Adams on Fri 18th Jun 2010 19:17 UTC
Linux Linux Magazine has a profile of Daniel Fore and the Elementary project. Elementary is a Linux distro that's committed to a clean and simple user experience, but it's more than a distro - it's actually a multi-pronged effort to make improvements to the user experience for a whole ecosystem of components, including icons, a GTK theme, Midori improvements, Nautilus, and even Firefox. The work that elementary is doing isn't limited to their own distro, and some of their work is available in current, and perhaps future, Ubuntu releases. The results are really striking, and I think it's probably the handsomest Linux UI I've ever seen.
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As for what I'd like to see, FreeBSD + Better hardware support + KDE that hooks into the FreeBSD system features instead of relying on HAL.

Just to avoid misunderstandings.

KDE does not rely on HAL.

HAL is one possible way to access data about the system KDE is running on, i.e. there is a KDE platform plugin that accesses the D-Bus API usually provided by HAL.

Therefore there are two options on how to get system data from other facilities:
- implement the HAL D-Bus interface and use KDE's HAL plugin
- implement a KDE plugin for this other system facility

Option two is probably the better choice, especially in the face of HAL having been abandoned/deprecated by its own developers.

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