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Fedora Core "Linux fans hope that the interface changes in Windows 8 will drive more users to Linux. But the open source operating system is facing interface challenges of its own. Part of the problem is that - after so much controversy within the Linux community - there are so many interfaces to chose from. But the new version of Fedora - a desktop focused version of Red Hat’s distribution of Linux - is offering users an easier way to choose between the many flavors of Linux GUI."
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RE: Rant kind of pointless
by moondevil on Fri 18th Jan 2013 06:50 UTC in reply to "Rant kind of pointless"
moondevil
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2005-07-08

Kids, remember the UNIX wars.

Linux distributions are going down the same path.

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RE[2]: Rant kind of pointless
by Sodki on Fri 18th Jan 2013 07:45 in reply to "RE: Rant kind of pointless"
Sodki Member since:
2005-11-10

Kids, remember the UNIX wars.

Linux distributions are going down the same path.


I don't think so. In the UNIX wars everything was proprietary and kind of locked down. In the GNU/Linux world of today (almost) everything is open and distros (mostly) use the same exact parts, only put together in a different way.

Case in pont: the MATE desktop. Forked by Mint developers, is now available on a multitude of other distros. No war involved.

IMHO, the reason why MATE is available on Fedora is RHEL 7, which will be based on Fedora 18. This way RHEL gets to maintain the same look as RHEL 6. It's as simple as that.

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RE[3]: Rant kind of pointless
by moondevil on Fri 18th Jan 2013 10:39 in reply to "RE[2]: Rant kind of pointless"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

This does not matter for business.

The changes between distributions at the UI, code level, distribution formats, directory structure are forcing business to marry with a certain distribution.

This makes the process no different from the old days when we were evaluating HP-UX, DG/UX, Aix, Xenix, Solaris, ...

As for the open source part, the only thing most companies I work with care about, it that is means free as in "no need to pay".

The only ones that saw a value on it, was for creating an company internal distribution.

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RE[3]: Rant kind of pointless
by TechGeek on Fri 18th Jan 2013 17:59 in reply to "RE[2]: Rant kind of pointless"
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2006-01-14

Actually I think the same things about cinnamon. Allows them to use the latest technology, but looks a lot closer to the older Gnome interface than Gnome 3 stock. Maybe they are pairing them up to see which is used more.

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RE[2]: Rant kind of pointless
by UltraZelda64 on Fri 18th Jan 2013 07:48 in reply to "RE: Rant kind of pointless"
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2006-12-05

So? Just choose the one you like and stick with it. No need to worry about what you don't even use.

There are two pointless grades of gasoline at every gas station, and one other one that I actually use... big deal, just get the one your car needs. There are several watered-down, reduced-fat variants of milk... I just get whole milk, act as if the rest don't even exist. Simple. The others don't affect you, so why complain about their existence?

Edited 2013-01-18 07:56 UTC

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RE[3]: Rant kind of pointless
by moondevil on Fri 18th Jan 2013 10:33 in reply to "RE[2]: Rant kind of pointless"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

So? Just choose the one you like and stick with it. No need to worry about what you don't even use.

There are two pointless grades of gasoline at every gas station, and one other one that I actually use... big deal, just get the one your car needs. There are several watered-down, reduced-fat variants of milk... I just get whole milk, act as if the rest don't even exist. Simple. The others don't affect you, so why complain about their existence?


Because food products are not the same as developing software for specific operating systems, each with its own away of doing things.

Choosing to invest in Red-Hat vs Ubuntu vs whatever Linux is starting to look to the same process as HP-UX vs Aix vs Solaris ....

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