Linked by Adam S on Wed 30th Apr 2003 07:26 UTC
Linux Lately, we've all read a lot of articles about desktop Linux - so many that it's getting hard to tell them apart. One says "Why Linux Sucks," the next "My Success With Linux." Even Michael Robertson of Lindows.com joined the fun with his "Why Desktop Linux Sucks, Today." But very few people have proposed anything radical, and I believe that's what's needed to take GNU/Linux to the next level.
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radical?
by stew on Tue 29th Apr 2003 18:09 UTC

This must be a boring world if this is being called radical. What the article describes is to me nothing more than preconfiguration with the addition of bundles or static linked apps.

No UI changes (how about common keyboard shortcuts and menu item order?), no enhanced application compatibilty (Common scripting language anyone? Using Python to automatically d/l stock tickers, create a graph in OO and publishing it for the web in the gimp, for example.), not even forcing any application to UI guidelines (GIMP. Menu bar. Hello?). Implementing something like MacOS X' services, common standard for configuration files (which ideally are being stored in the same place), proper use of metadata and fast searching.This still would be very conservative and not anywhere near "radical", as it all would be just imitating existing systems.