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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You almost got it. But although autotools is showing part of the problem, when you come out of compile-time-detectable library symbols/behavior and go to dynamically changing systems, the situation is orders of magnitude worse.

The idea of a GNOME OS (or E17 OS, KDE OS) would help here, yes. For instance you could just check for that part and assume everything else. "If GNOME/KDE/E17 system then kernel=Linux, libc=GNU, required_libs=present" and yes we could just skip stupid tests in autoconf :-)

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