Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Jan 2011 22:04 UTC
Xfce When we reported on the release of Xfce 4.8, we ignored a statement inside the release announcement about the lack of new features coming to the BSD world. The statement was a bit disconnected from the rest of the press release, but Xfce developer Jannis Pohlmann has published a blog post giving a few more details about the issue.
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Sadly, not news...
by madcrow on Thu 20th Jan 2011 01:31 UTC
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The various Unix-like OSes have never had any kind of agreement on how to deal with modern hot-swappable hardware. That means that without a meaningful "translation" layer that provides a consistent API for desktop environments to use from kernel to kernel, any sort of cross-platform desktop environment is either going to need to have built-in support for multiple different OSes by themselves or they'll need to restrict themselves to mid-90s level functionality, neither of which is a decent option.

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