Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Feb 2009 14:11 UTC
Linux With Linux traditionally coming in many, many flavours, a common call among some Linux fans - but mostly among people who actually do not use Linux - is to standardise all the various distributions, and work from a single "one-distribution-to-rule-them-all". In a recent interview, Linus Tovalds discarded the idea, stating that he thinks "it's something absolutely required!"
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What's the point ?
by Jason Bourne on Wed 4th Feb 2009 17:18 UTC
Jason Bourne
Member since:
2007-06-02

What is the point of these Linux distributions when all you face after the login is KDE4 or GNOME2?

As far as I can tell, I still can't find an application in KickOff, and I cannot lasso files in listview in Nautilus.

The Linux distro galore should be left aside by the adoption of an accepted and fully user-friendly desktop UI. (They do have Windows-classic to teach them this lesson.)

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RE: What's the point ?
by zlynx on Wed 4th Feb 2009 19:23 in reply to "What's the point ?"
zlynx Member since:
2005-07-20

So I guess you haven't tried any of the distros based on E17 (Enlightenment) or XFCE.

If all that fails, run Gentoo and examine /usr/portage/x11-wm and /usr/portage/*-base. With Gentoo you can pick your own combination! Although I have to admit, its E17 support is not the greatest.

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RE: What's the point ?
by Lunitik on Wed 4th Feb 2009 22:51 in reply to "What's the point ?"
Lunitik Member since:
2005-08-07

The point of all the other distros is choice. People want their systems to behave the way they intended, not how a distro provider wanted - afterall, a distro is just someone elses decision for how the system should behave.

The great thing with Linux is none of what others decide need to be what you use. Want to customize your build flags? Go for it. Want that annoying resource intensive feature to be removed entirely? Do it. Anything you can think of can be customized...

Or you can just use what a major distro provides, and live with the consequences.

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RE: What's the point ?
by Lunitik on Wed 4th Feb 2009 23:13 in reply to "What's the point ?"
Lunitik Member since:
2005-08-07

Also, somewhat offtopic, but the "one desktop fits all" again will never happen...

There is work over at freedesktop.org to reuse as much code as possible, but just as with anything else you can't please everyone with just one product.

The specifics you stated though, perhaps try a different application launcher in KDE4 (I recommend raptor or the task oriented UI of krunner2), or file bugs on nautilus?

If people don't know the issues, its sort of hard to fix them...

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