Linked by the_randymon on Thu 17th Jan 2013 22:19 UTC
Fedora Core "Linux fans hope that the interface changes in Windows 8 will drive more users to Linux. But the open source operating system is facing interface challenges of its own. Part of the problem is that - after so much controversy within the Linux community - there are so many interfaces to chose from. But the new version of Fedora - a desktop focused version of Red Hat’s distribution of Linux - is offering users an easier way to choose between the many flavors of Linux GUI."
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by WorknMan on Thu 17th Jan 2013 22:46 UTC
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As a self-proclaimed power user, I don't think it matters how many GUIs you have to choose from, especially if they're not all compatible with each other.

What matters more to me personally is how well apps run across all of them. For example, I don't like the idea of certain apps running/integrating better in some desktop environments and not others.

If people really want Linux to gain any kind of traction on the desktop, that shit better be tight and run flawlessly, no matter what DE I'm running. For example, if I'm running a KDE/QT based app and copy an image to the clipboard, will I then be able to paste it into a Gnome/GTK-based app, under any desktop environment I have to choose from?

Note that this question isn't rhetorical... I have no idea if this would work or not. But if the answer is that it wouldn't work, and these desktop environments/frameworks are just 'islands' that are completely separate from each other, then Linux on the desktop will be as irrelevant 20 years from now as it is today, until/unless this changes.

Edited 2013-01-17 22:54 UTC

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