Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 20th Sep 2002 02:15 UTC
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris A few months ago we wrote a full review of the Lycoris Desktop/LX operating system, but many releases happened since then and some things have changed. The Lycoris folks sent us the latest official version (+ online patches), we tested it, and here is what we think about it.
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Apple did, so why couldn't GNU/Linux ?
by Lunar on Fri 20th Sep 2002 21:37 UTC

Mac OS X is based on BSD Unix. If this one is not a desktop OS, I don't know what it is ! (Ok, maybe one of the developpers' dream...)

So why can't the free software community do the same ?

I think X is really a problem. X was initially made to have one giant box serving hundreads of dumb terminals. In my school there's still a 2 rooms full of X terminals served by an OpenVMS.

But X is not the ideal desktop graphical server. Who use remote displaying of apps everyday ? Not me. Maybe 10 times a year, half of them just to impress friends.
Everything that appeared recently in X just seem to be (maybe not so) dirty hacks for me (thinking about DRI/DRM, Xinerama, Xaw).

With Mac OS X Quartz, you can also have a rootless X server to keep the compatibility with X apps, anyway.

Having a small number of default apps is good for the everyday user, again, look at how Apple is marketing iApps. To add one more thing in this way, IMHO competition with free software is something crazy. If people are targeting the same directions, they should work together, share source, knowledge and time !