Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 10th Dec 2010 22:54 UTC, submitted by Debjit
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Yet another possible change in Ubuntu's core components: they're mulling over replacing GDM with LightDM. Why? Well: "Faster - the greeter doesn't require an entire GNOME session to run. More flexible - multiple greeters are supported through a well defined interface. This allows Ubuntu derivatives to use the same display manager (e.g. Kubuntu, Lubuntu etc.). Simpler codebase - similar feature set in ~5000 lines of code compared to 50000 in GDM. Supports more usecases - first class support for XDMCP and multihead."
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RE[3]: architecture
by lucas_maximus on Sun 12th Dec 2010 14:48 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: architecture"
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people equate success by market share ?
i don't have the numbers but what are they for firefox vs ie ?

yes, market share can be better.
So I guess we should be thankful that Ubuntu focus so much on marketing :-)

Most people equate success of a product by its market share. I find it funny that the Linux community prefer to redefine success when it fails, it been on a 1% install base on the desktop for about 10 years and it won't change any time soon.

iPod has become the defacto mp3 player, because of its market share and thus success Apple's stock has gone through the roof since 2000, letting them pretty much have a monopoly on legal digital music distribution.

Today, distro's are equal to Windows/OSX. Whatever Ubuntu's doing... it's aimed at market penetration.

Windows and OSX are miles ahead of Linux on the desktop. The UI on gnome is still stuck in 1998, forget the nice 3d stuff ... no global lock on panels, cut and paste works differently between applications, poor knockoffs of Windows and OSX software.

Most of the best Open Source software is actually available for Windows and Mac (7zip, Paint.Net, WinMerge, Media Player Classic) .. says a lot really.

If Ubuntu is about market penetration, it may be the distro with the largest install base ... but that is the largest install base of 1% of the desktop and laptop market.

One more thing : Linux won the battle but the war are still being fought. Think about that for a while.

What are you on about? Won what battle? What war? What is your point?

Edited 2010-12-12 14:51 UTC

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RE[4]: architecture
by rebel787 on Sun 12th Dec 2010 17:17 in reply to "RE[3]: architecture"
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What are you on about? Won what battle? What war? What is your point?

I think we're getting a lil off topic here.
but I'll reply in hope of bringing it back to what this story is:LightDM vs GDM :-) and my initial question about architecture.

I don't know why you're mentioning 3d desktops. Personal preference, disabled it.

Distro's are on the same footing as modern OS's, what's so hard to believe about that?

developer uses windows on his laptop developing software for AIX/jBase/T24 ecosystem.He's now using Ubuntu desktop.
I'm using Ubuntu/Fedora at home because I'm gaming on consoles and could then ditch windows.
My nephew is a schoolteacher and he's using opensuse.
My lil niece is using edubuntu(3 and 7 years old) and her mother win7, dad winxp.
The rest of the guys at home (3) uses winxp.
My mother, ubuntu.

The list goes on but I'll stop. You all get the picture.

The battle's been won in getting a modern desktop up an running withing hour(s). No need to RTFM, compile etc. like back in the day :-)

The war : well the war's bigger than a battle. You need to think bigger. A lil bit outside the box.
I'm talking OSS, patents and business's attitude towards OSS. That's where market penetration lies for the desktop.

People: Happy holiday's and don't take everything so seriously. Keep perspective.


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