Linked by David Adams on Fri 18th Jun 2010 19:17 UTC
Linux Linux Magazine has a profile of Daniel Fore and the Elementary project. Elementary is a Linux distro that's committed to a clean and simple user experience, but it's more than a distro - it's actually a multi-pronged effort to make improvements to the user experience for a whole ecosystem of components, including icons, a GTK theme, Midori improvements, Nautilus, and even Firefox. The work that elementary is doing isn't limited to their own distro, and some of their work is available in current, and perhaps future, Ubuntu releases. The results are really striking, and I think it's probably the handsomest Linux UI I've ever seen.
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Yet another distro!
by intangible on Fri 18th Jun 2010 21:17 UTC
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Every time another distro is created, some complain "Why do we need another distro? It'll never have enough users to matter; it just takes away from distro A or B".
I think it's actually a good thing, the distro doesn't have to become the "next greatest thing", it just needs to scratch a particular itch, try some ideas that may be too drastic in the established distros...
If it has good ideas, the common large distros will adopt (or "copy" if you like to complain) some of the changes and we'll all be better for it, maybe the new distro presenting the alternative viewpoint won't be needed at some point in the future because everyone else implemented the good ideas from this one and it'll naturally die off because it's unneeded.

Some good ideas are a bit extreme and may never get adopted or may take longer to get adopted (filesystem structure from Gobo comes to mind); but I definitely think they should be tried.

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