Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 16th Sep 2002 06:48 UTC, submitted by Cesar Cardoso
Red Hat "We see the desktop as only a piece of the entire operating system product; integration must extend beyond the desktop. We also believe that users care most about functionality and integration rather than the underlying technology. For these reasons, we have created a single desktop look and feel for Red Hat Linux rather than maintaining two unrelated configurations." Very good stuff over there from Owen Taylor, the Red Hat Desktop Team member.
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by rajan r on Tue 17th Sep 2002 02:20 UTC

Anonymous: I think that Redhat should ship with KDE exclusively and include the libraries necessary to run GTK apps since KDE is more user friendly.

It doesn't matter. If you seen what Red Hat had done with GNOME, how much more user friendly can KDE get compared to KDE. Yeah, default KDE is much more user friendly than default GNOME 2, but RH is not about defaults here.

Besides, I know no company that would throw away millions of dollars in investment just because a competiting project just got better. GNOME on the usablity front is moving faster than KDE is.

linux_baby: Redhat NULL is is a great effort. I would say is a huge effort in the right direction, and don't be surprised if Redhat gets even more users.

Well, they got two, Spark and me. And if Gentoo doesn't pleases her highness, make that 3 (Eugenia). :-). I found all those people bashing RH and Null never actually used it.

For me, having that AA fonts is worth the effort. But this is the first distro that properly targets the corporate desktop.

And because of that, more users :-P

bytes256: same damn thing can (and does) happen with GPL stuff...Gnome is GPL...Linux is GPL...who makes the money from this stuff?

Practically no one :-P

Cesar Cardoso: KDE(4) - Lycoris, ELX, Lindows, UnitedLinux (I can infere this, as everybody is
aware that SuSE is doing the technical job of the distro)


Lycoris, ELX, Lindows aren't major desktop distros. There are many GNOME only distros available. Like Icepack Linux that got a good ZDnet review (http://www.icepack-linux.com). Besides, the first three distributions you mentioned are bad ripoffs of Windows, and did absolutely nothing to get the corporate desktop. The consumer desktop on the other hand: little effect have they done so far.

UnitedLinux and SuSE target is the enterprise back end. SuSE once targeted the desktop, but now its main focus is with the back end. It is rather amusing to see you tell that KDE is the default deskop of UL when UL isn't released yet.

Besides, it doesn't matter what desktop you choose. The desktop is one of the many components for you to get to the corporate desktop. People don't care what desktop you choose..... only geeks care about that. they care how good your distro is, how good you support is, and how good your pricing is.

Bascule: Aiee, I'm sorry, but ugly ugly ugly...

Your personal choice. But it is looks very professional, and very nice to me. Perhaps it is because of the ugly KDE icons used that doesn't blend with the theme.

redtux: BTW - OT - I find it interesting that Mandrake is going more towards gtk now (eg their config tools now depend on gtk not QT now)

Their config tools have always been GTK+ ever since they started adopting KDE 2. They use Perl mostly for their config tools, and you should know there aren't any bindings for Perl ready yet.