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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Yes, it is a methdological problem, more specifically, a policy problem. Most apps really don't need a base system upgrade to be upgraded. Distros just choose not do app upgrades because it's easier for them, or they are idiots (not sure which is true yet). If major system libraries do need to be upgraded, there is no reason why a distro can't have side-by-side installations of different versions of libraries. Windows does this. ELF certainly supports versioned libraries. The distros just don't do it. Why, I don't know. But it's definitely not a technical problem. It's an idiocy problem.

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