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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CPU, every app needs to check for updates, great use of resources!

Library interdependencies are not required to have a central update system. See: iPhone.

Time, looking for software at places all over the internet is definitely not a better use of my time than looking in one central location.

Library interdependencies are not needed for this feature either.

I can't believe you actually touting all-inclusive packages as the better engineering solution.

They are and they wouldn't have to be all-inclusive. You could provide some stable system libraries for programs to share and then keep everything else separate.

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