Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th May 2011 18:59 UTC, submitted by fran
Gnome Something's - once again - brewing within the GNOME project. While a mere suggestion for now, and by no means any form of official policy, influential voices within the GNOME project are arguing that GNOME should become a full-fledged Linux-based operating system, and that the desktop environment should drop support for other operating systems such as Solaris and the BSDs. I have a feeling this isn't going to go down well with many of our readers.
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Comment by Flatland_Spider
by Flatland_Spider on Thu 19th May 2011 19:30 UTC
Flatland_Spider
Member since:
2006-09-01

You mean it's not Linux only already?

Snarkiness aside, they should do this. I really want to see where this goes. There are too many good opportunities for storylines and testing hypotheses here to ignore.

Is the Linux hubris justified, is Red Hat behind it, what could they actually do, how would everyone else respond?

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RE: Comment by Flatland_Spider
by shmerl on Thu 19th May 2011 20:19 in reply to "Comment by Flatland_Spider"
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2010-06-08

> You mean it's not Linux only already?
No, it's not. And if it will be, I'll switch on using KDE across all my machines, including Linux and OpenIndiana ones.

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Flatland_Spider Member since:
2006-09-01

The point is, it pulls in so much crap from Linux-land that it might as well be Linux only. It might be "cross-platform" now, but only because other people took the time to port it and it's dependencies. It's not like the GNOME team designed it to work across multiple platforms.

For proof of it's Linuxness, look at what happened when Xfce moved from Thunar VFS to the GVFS. Xfce lost BSD support, and now people are trying to port all the crap that GVFS needs to work. That's not cross-platform. If it was cross-platform, Xfce 4.8 would run on the BSDs out of the box, and people wouldn't have to waste time porting redundant junk.

Whenever I need a DE for FreeBSD, GNOME doesn't come up; it's too Linux centric. Run KDE, Fluxbox, Enlightenment, or until recently, Xfce.

GNOME going Linux-only would only be a loss to the GNOME project, Oracle, and maybe Red Hat, depending on how this turns out.

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