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 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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Debian and System-Wide Defaults
by Ed Page on Tue 29th Apr 2003 20:03 UTC

Just a couple of not4es. I think overall this is good.

One system that handles system-wide defaults is Debian, just look in the /etc/alternatives folder and it is full of symlinks for different types of apps. The way I change my default terminal? change /etc/alternatives/x-terminal-emulator to point to the one I like. Now some unofficial packages do not take advantage of it and I think DE based ones do not always either (I at least know my KDE packafes use it but not stuff like web browser).

One thing that IU think would be great for end-users is access to local files like remote, shares that are given out and collected in one main directory in their home. Then you can give them morep ermission to access the main drive. That cn he;lp with the file systehm heirarchy, but it does need to be changed. I would think it possible to have normal LibC and VFS-LibC. The VFS one could make the system look like any other file heirarchy wise to allow wide compatability. You oculd have a POSIX, MacOS, MacOSX, and Windows VFS. It would make porting between systems a piece of cake within that respect and not have to make as many downstream patches that you need to maintain.