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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RE[2]: Rant kind of pointless
by tupp on Fri 18th Jan 2013 09:24 UTC in reply to "RE: Rant kind of pointless"
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It's not really the choice of desktop environments that is the problem. For you, you're happy with KDE because it works well. But what if one day you decided to switch to Gnome, XDE, or something else. Will all those aps that you use that have been optimized to run well under KDE work as well under a different desktop environment?


Will all of your apps optimized for the Mac run well when you decide to switch to Windows (or vice versa)? Certainly, some won't run at all in your new platform.

However, with Linux, at least all the apps run fine along side other DE/WMs, with, perhaps, contrasting "styling."

In Android land, we call this kind of thing fragmentation, and it ain't good. It's not so bad with different manufacturers skinning the OS, because you can run almost all apps without any modifications, recompiling, or jumping through hoops. But when you have companies like Amazon forking the hell out of it, it's probably good for Amazon, but bad for Android as a whole.

Not sure to what you refer, but differences in styling/themes from one Linux DE/WM to another are not the end of the world.

Even frail "first worlders" can navigate between Gnome, KDE, Motif apps etc, without any difficulty.

And why do you even have to have multiple desktop environments to give people choice? Couldn't you just have ONE that was flexible enough so you could customize the shit out of it, and modular enough so it wouldn't slow down for peiple that like a minimal setup?

There are several Linux/Unix DEs/WMs that are flexible/customizable as you describe, so the user merely has to pick one.

No one owns the Linux "desktop" (thankfully). Anyone is free to make a new, improved DE/WM as they see fit. Of course, end users don't even have to consider using such a new DE/WM -- each one can keep using the DE/WM with which one is familiar.

In other words, my point is that it doesn't really matter how many choices you have - the critical thing is that all of those choices need to work and blend in together seamlessly under one environment.

Never had any problems switching between apps geared for a variety of different DEs/WMs.

Furthermore, most of the programs that I use are DE independent/agnostic.

Edited 2013-01-18 09:25 UTC

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