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[4]: Meh
by Soulbender on Thu 19th May 2011 22:36 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Meh"
Soulbender
Member since:
2005-08-18

But you can't do that with proprietary and closed source software. All you can do is urging the developer to release a version for your favourite platform.


That's not the point. To paraphrase: Why should proprietary vendors be held back by the shortcomings of Linux?
Same argument. Open or closed source is immaterial.
Like someone said: the people who write the code gets to decide.

Edited 2011-05-19 22:43 UTC

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RE[5]: Meh
by nej_simon on Fri 20th May 2011 08:52 in reply to "RE[4]: Meh"
nej_simon Member since:
2011-02-11

That's not the point. To paraphrase: Why should proprietary vendors be held back by the shortcomings of Linux?


I never said they should.

Same argument. Open or closed source is immaterial.
Like someone said: the people who write the code gets to decide.


If you are a developer of proprietary software and decide to not release a Linux version (for whatever reson you might have) and there is no free alternative, some Linux users will complain because they have no choice but to dual boot or try to get it to work under wine.

If gnome decides to drop support a platform however they are not "fscking" their users because if there is enough interest in that platform users can just get the sources and maintain the port themselves.

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RE[5]: Meh
by rr7.num7 on Fri 20th May 2011 19:34 in reply to "RE[4]: Meh"
rr7.num7 Member since:
2010-04-30

To paraphrase: Why should proprietary vendors be held back by the shortcomings of Linux?


They don't have to. Just make them open source (as GNOME is) and Linux developers will happily take care of the rest from there, thank you very much.

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RE[6]: Meh
by Soulbender on Fri 20th May 2011 19:37 in reply to "RE[5]: Meh"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

To not make their applications open source or not is their decision, to support or not support Linux is their decision.
Maybe it's just me but I have no issue with not all software in the world being open source.

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