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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RE[7]: OMG that looks GOOD!
by JAlexoid on Sat 19th Jun 2010 21:42 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: OMG that looks GOOD!"
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Like f.ex. Mono isn't emulating .NET neither does WINE emulate WIN32, they're just new implementations of the same old thing.

Very interesting point. I would say that Mono isn't emulating .NET the specification but it is emulating .NET the implementation. In the end it's pretty fluid, depending which of these really defines the platform.


WINE is an API/ABI abstraction layer. Why can't it be called an emulator? Because Windows is an OS and WINE is nowhere near that. Though WINE with Linux, as a tandem, could be called a Windows Emulator.

Yet, Mono does try to emulate MS.NET in all and every aspect, top to bottom.

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RE[8]: OMG that looks GOOD!
by ndrw on Sun 20th Jun 2010 05:57 in reply to "RE[7]: OMG that looks GOOD!"
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Fair enough. I agree that in isolation (without Linux) WINE is not an emulator.

I don't think this is a valid context, though. Software always relies on some sort of primitives (be it interpreter, libraries, OS calls or CPU instructions). This way every program should be called "a layer".

Back to GNU&WINE. Don't you find it interesting that, when expanded, they actually include words "Unix" and "Emulator"? This is a clear invitation to consider whether or not they have anything to do with Unix or a Windows emulator. Just think of all these discussions that have happened already. That's how far you can go without violating someone's trademarks and still have your message passed through.

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