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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RE[3]: Interesting.
by Morgan on Fri 20th May 2011 14:51 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Interesting."
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You simply can`t solve a problem better.

Wow. I'm surprised you didn't get flamed for that. Not that I think you intended to start a riot or anything, it's just a very pointed opinion. Saying that here is like walking into a multi-denominational church and screaming that one particular faith is the only way.

I do get what you're saying though; GNU/Linux is riding the high wave of popularity and for good reason. As to whether it's the best way to solve a problem, well that depends entirely on the problem. For example, QNX (pre-buyout) existed because nothing else came close to being able to reliably run mission-critical realtime tasks. I wouldn't in a million years want the Linux kernel at the heart of the computers on space missions, or commercial airliners for that matter. It's way too complex and has too many potential points of failure.

That said, it is quite the versatile tool, able to be molded and shaped to fit a vast amount of unique applications. Like Sun/Oracle is so proud of saying about Java, it powers everything from servers to in-car-infotainment systems to phones to regular old desktop computers. It's becoming the OS of choice for tablet devices (I know, Android isn't *full* Linux but see above about malleability). It seems even Microsoft finally sees it as a true competitor, with the news of an aggressively marketed ARM port of Windows in the wings.

As to the GNOME thing, well I personally think that DE has reached its pinnacle and is on a downward path now. I've always preferred GNOME to KDE for the simplicity and general aesthetics, but lately I find myself drawn to Xfce for Linux installs. I've always liked that project, coming from years of using Fluxbox and Openbox, and lately it seems to have been improving in both features and speed, while GNOME just gets fatter and slower.

And if GNOME does become strictly a GNU/Linux DE? Well I guess that only makes sense, as much as the two have been tied together in the past anyway.

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