Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 18th Jan 2011 22:18 UTC, submitted by alinandrei
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu De kogel is door de kerk. After years of focussing entirely on Gtk+ and GNOME, Ubuntu will finally start evaluating Qt applications for inclusion in the defaukt Ubuntu installation. Mark Shuttleworth announced the policy change on his blog today.
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But here's food for thought: what if that is what is needed for linux to actually grow on the "average user".

Sure but how much time is he going to be given to attract average users? Linux desktop share hasn't changed since he showed up. Ubuntu has just become the de facto Gnome distro, Linux desktop share wouldn't drop if Ubuntu disappeared.

You can't argue with the stamp (many) people put on linux users today. But if you sneak in the backdoor, maybe they don't notice how nice it is until they are already using linux.

Shuttleworth has tried the Mac junior approach and it hasn't worked. If Linux is going to remain a niche desktop then you might as well go with the distro that is honest and not wrapped in marketing. I think Linux Mint is a better name anyways.

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