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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RE[2]: Sad but inevitable
by orestes on Thu 19th May 2011 19:52 UTC in reply to "RE: Sad but inevitable"
orestes
Member since:
2005-07-06

Exactly. If the other OS folks want to fork it or implement the feature set it relies on then more power to them. Don't expect the main Gnome tree to do workarounds because your OS lacks the infrastructure the project needs to work properly

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RE[3]: Sad but inevitable
by Soulbender on Thu 19th May 2011 19:56 in reply to "RE[2]: Sad but inevitable"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Funny then how much Linux users always whine about how certain software is Windows or OSX only.

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RE[4]: Sad but inevitable
by orestes on Thu 19th May 2011 20:09 in reply to "RE[3]: Sad but inevitable"
orestes Member since:
2005-07-06

Yes yes, and Windows users always whine about OS X not being sold for regular PCs and Mac users complain about games... People are going to bitch regardless, doesn't mean the devs need to pander to their every whim.

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RE[4]: Sad but inevitable
by rr7.num7 on Fri 20th May 2011 03:43 in reply to "RE[3]: Sad but inevitable"
rr7.num7 Member since:
2010-04-30

Apples and oranges. As the other commenters said, everybody is free to port GNOME to their favourite OS. When Photoshop/AutoCAD/whatever become open source (even if only officially supported on Windows/OSX), and Linux people keep whining because Adobe/Autodesk don't do the dirty work of porting these apps for them, then we talk.

Edit: corrected a few typos.

Edited 2011-05-20 03:47 UTC

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RE[3]: Sad but inevitable
by pfgbsd on Thu 19th May 2011 23:08 in reply to "RE[2]: Sad but inevitable"
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2011-03-12

Actually I had no idea gnome was doing some conscious effort to support anything else than GNU/linux. I do understand they were even having problems standardizing with Ubuntu an Xorg.

Ultimately it's the application developers that choose if they want their package to run on one platform or on many. If the mainstream developers are wanting to make their applications depend on the features that each of them like, instead of what is portable, I am afraid GNOME will end forking according to what each linux distribution out there does.

I would've thought the common unix-like interface held gnome together but who knows ... maybe the resulting forks are even cool in their own way: gnome-redhat, gnome-suse, gnome-ubuntu (and perhaps some other linux's consolidating or disappearing).

The BSDs and Solaris? .. well, they just won't disappear.

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RE[4]: Sad but inevitable
by Kivada on Fri 20th May 2011 18:48 in reply to "RE[3]: Sad but inevitable"
Kivada Member since:
2010-07-07

Actually I had no idea gnome was doing some conscious effort to support anything else than GNU/linux. I do understand they were even having problems standardizing with Ubuntu an Xorg.


What I gathered about this is Ubuntu hoped like hell they could get their new Unity desktop to not be a steaming POS before 11.04 was scheduled to drop and instead, with about 2 weeks left realized that was gonna happen in the foreseeable future,(hence why they didn't just push it back a few months like 6.06) so they quick whipped up a Gnome fallback, that only came out half baked.

They should have had a split and launched with a solid Gnome implementation under the name Gubunutu.

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