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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RE: Rant kind of pointless
by WorknMan on Fri 18th Jan 2013 03:06 UTC in reply to "Rant kind of pointless"
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The article seems to imply that having choice in Linux is a bad thing. I couldn't disagree more. I think it's great that multiple DEs exist and I don't even care that Cinnamon has forked from Gnome 3.x, or that MATE has forked from the reliable Gnome 2.x, etc. All I care about is that MY desktop choice (KDE) works well and allows me to be productive. That it does with aplomb.


It's not really the choice of desktop environments that is the problem. For you, you're happy with KDE because it works well. But what if one day you decided to switch to Gnome, XDE, or something else. Will all those aps that you use that have been optimized to run well under KDE work as well under a different desktop environment? In Android land, we call this kind of thing fragmentation, and it ain't good. It's not so bad with different manufacturers skinning the OS, because you can run almost all apps without any modifications, recompiling, or jumping through hoops. But when you have companies like Amazon forking the hell out of it, it's probably good for Amazon, but bad for Android as a whole.

And why do you even have to have multiple desktop environments to give people choice? Couldn't you just have ONE that was flexible enough so you could customize the shit out of it, and modular enough so it wouldn't slow down for peiple that like a minimal setup? Even if there were distros shipping 40 variations of that DE, it wouldn't matter because apps would work the same under ALL of them.

In other words, my point is that it doesn't really matter how many choices you have - the critical thing is that all of those choices need to work and blend in together seamlessly under one environment.

Edited 2013-01-18 03:09 UTC

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