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]: Meh
by tyrione on Fri 20th May 2011 12:54 UTC in reply to "RE: Meh"
tyrione
Member since:
2005-11-21

To be more clear (and I'm not even GNOME hacker, but e17 one) non-linux systems lacks lots of desktop-interesting features (ie: udev), software stack lags behind (ie: xorg) and mainly lacks developers interested in desktop.

Sure, the second topic (lag) can be fixed if the last point is fixed (more developers). One can argue the first issue (lack of features) is not an issue but different opinions, but why the developers of the Linux front should suffer because the lack on the BSD side? This would be called priority inversion on other situations :-)

Also Linux itself is not perfect. But given developer interest we're working on making it better, see the recent commits to aid desktop use cases and even systemd: cgroups, extended vt controls, etc. They don't exist in BSD, but they didn't in Linux as well. People worked on getting them ready in Linux, while nobody cares about this in the BSD land. So why bother about BSD in the desktop land?


Why the hell do you think OS X cares about udev? Sorry, but udev is not something OS X is lacking. Not by a long shot.

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RE[3]: Meh
by barbieri on Fri 20th May 2011 13:17 in reply to "RE[2]: Meh"
barbieri Member since:
2007-07-30

I never said that OSX lacked udev (or as someone else wrote in this thread: inotify). I just said that instead of writing code for GNOME (KDE, E17, ...) considering that udev may or may not be available, we should all focus on the systems we use, and it's clear the majority is Linux. If there are non-Linux developers, fine, they can "waste" their time reworking the internals to make both work.

To be clear, and using your example: Why MacOSX would care about GNOME? Why GNOME would care about MacOSX?

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