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 shmerl
by shmerl on Thu 19th May 2011 20:17 UTC
shmerl
Member since:
2010-06-08

They should work more on developing portable abstraction layers. That way they don't need to worry about such issues.

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RE: Comment by shmerl
by sukru on Thu 19th May 2011 22:16 in reply to "Comment by shmerl"
sukru Member since:
2006-11-19

Yes, but then there is the question of who will actually port these abstraction layers to other platforms.

For example, a simple thing like interrupt handling can change radically from platform to platform:
http://www.osnews.com/comments/24763

If you do the abstraction only on Linux, then you'll be abstracting Linux, not a general API.

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RE: Comment by shmerl
by Delgarde on Fri 20th May 2011 01:40 in reply to "Comment by shmerl"
Delgarde Member since:
2008-08-19

They should work more on developing portable abstraction layers. That way they don't need to worry about such issues.


They did. But it's the Linux people who did it (HAL, Polkit, upower/udisks), and people from other platforms coming in a few years later. Someone still needs to do the work, and the overwhelming majority of those people are using Linux.

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RE: Comment by shmerl
by lemur2 on Fri 20th May 2011 02:28 in reply to "Comment by shmerl"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

They should work more on developing portable abstraction layers. That way they don't need to worry about such issues.


Like this perhaps?

http://phonon.kde.org/

http://solid.kde.org/

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RE: Comment by shmerl
by xylifyx on Fri 20th May 2011 10:48 in reply to "Comment by shmerl"
xylifyx Member since:
2008-05-03

Or other OS'es should adopt Linux features in their kernel and distributions. That would benefit a lot of other projects as well

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RE[2]: Comment by shmerl
by sorpigal on Fri 20th May 2011 13:18 in reply to "RE: Comment by shmerl"
sorpigal Member since:
2005-11-02

-1, Fat Chance.

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RE[2]: Comment by shmerl
by Flatland_Spider on Fri 20th May 2011 14:05 in reply to "RE: Comment by shmerl"
Flatland_Spider Member since:
2006-09-01

This is either the most asinine comment I've seen posted in a while, or it's brilliantly dry humor.

I'm going to go with humor and continue.

They could also use the Linux kernel, the GNU userland, apt, and the Debian repos. It's brilliant! They wouldn't have to code anything.

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