Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th May 2011 18:59 UTC, submitted by fran
Gnome Something's - once again - brewing within the GNOME project. While a mere suggestion for now, and by no means any form of official policy, influential voices within the GNOME project are arguing that GNOME should become a full-fledged Linux-based operating system, and that the desktop environment should drop support for other operating systems such as Solaris and the BSDs. I have a feeling this isn't going to go down well with many of our readers.
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Not only that, but the developer has stated firmly that he won't accept patches into upstream that would improve portability. Which means if someone wants to put in the work to ports things over to another distro or operating system those fixes won't get applied upstream, making it a moving target. That's going to be a huge pain for outside porters/developers.

Be fair - systemd is a *very* low level project, just one step removed from the kernel, and very heavily tied to kernel interfaces. Trying to make the *code* portable just isn't feasible, which is why Lennart instead recommends writing API-compatible equivalents for BSD or Solaris.

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