Linked by the_randymon on Thu 17th Jan 2013 22:19 UTC
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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Is this news?
by IndigoJo on Fri 18th Jan 2013 08:58 UTC
IndigoJo
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2005-07-06

A distro allows you to choose which GUI you install, when you install the OS ... that's news? Fedora has always been like that, as has SUSE and Mandriva or whatever it's called now. That was the standard before one-desktop live CDs became popular with Ubuntu. Fedora and SUSE also offer the live CDs and, I imagine, most people will be downloading those as they are a quarter of the size of the DVD image, or less.

And the article is riddled with inaccuracies. Fedora is not a desktop-focussed version of Red Hat; it's a test-bed for Red Hat.

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RE: Is this news?
by the_randymon on Fri 18th Jan 2013 09:19 in reply to "Is this news?"
the_randymon Member since:
2005-07-06

Agreed. I'm the one who submitted the article. It's pretty wimpy in facts, and gets a few of its facts wrong. But I thought it would lead to an interesting discussion, which, so far, it has in fact done.

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RE: Is this news?
by PieterGen on Mon 21st Jan 2013 15:22 in reply to "Is this news?"
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2012-01-13

Freedom to choose the desktop you like is (part of) what makes Linux, ain't it? Linux (allright, allright, GNU/Linux) is a Lego-like system where the user mixes and matches too get the operating system he likes.

BTW, what the **** are those Gnome doing? The reluctance of users is not just "conservatism", which is essentially what they say. I myself am a 'power user' whatever that means ;-) Anyway, I work or have worked happily with i3WM, OpenBox with Tint2 panel, XFCE, LXDE, Gnome2, MATE, Cinnamon, AwesomeWM, Android "stock", Android "TouchWiz", WindowsXP, iOS. All of these are passable to good. Even Unity in its present form is OK.

But Gnome3 is "an unholy mess". Yes, bad UI does exist. Unity (first generation), Win8 and Gnome3 are just bad. Of course you can get used to it. You also can get used to crazy regimes, like in North Korea. But "getting used to it" that doesn't make it good.

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