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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dragossh
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2008-12-16

I can update my apps without updating the core OS (no, toolkits are NOT core OS). Yes, I'm using Fedora, which is more bleeding-edge, but you can always add PPAs on Ubuntu if the Ubuntu repositories don't provide the newest version.

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jtfolden Member since:
2005-08-12

Unless something has changed, Fedora works similar to Ubuntu in regards to their repositories, etc... Their policy may be a bit more lax on newer releases of apps appearing more quickly but it's still a hit and miss prospect. Fedora 13 might be released with App x.0, a month later App is updated to x.1 and there's no guarantee F13 users will have easy access to that. They may have to wait for F14. You can shop around on 3rd party repositories and hope for the best, and then end up in repo hell or be forced to upgrade shared libraries via a dependency...

...and libraries, shipped as part of the distro, are a part of the core desktop os when they are shared and could break other installed apps, or cause random instabilities, if upgraded.

Any linux distro could end this insanity tomorrow if they allowed for bundled/encapsulated apps that included their own required libraries within, rather than forcing system modifications.

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