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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Good idea
by siki_miki on Fri 20th May 2011 13:49 UTC
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Until recent years, Direct Rendering was both BSD and Linux project, but not anymore. Because for developers it was too much effort to support both with same code.
And now we have similar situation with a larger project.
Truth is that BSD or Solaris aren't "extremely" popular, and live effectively from being dragged by Linux, in a sense it's Unix and many linux software also works on that OS with minor porting effort (if any). If for Gnome it makes sense in ease of develompent and for better technical decisions, while BSD and Solaris users are already just a tiny minority, they should do that. From the morality side of things, BSD and Solaris people should realize that they already got very much due to popularity of Linux (kernel and all the surrounding sw), so nobody "owes" them anything.

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