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If you somehow believe a brand new OS will appear and they'll be happy to just have fvwm2 and not whatever DE is the DE of the day at the time, you are probably not thinking things through.
The problem with catching Linux now, is keeping up with the new hw support, doesn't matter how little baggage you have, if you can't boot on common hw.
Crowding out OpenBSD
Posted Nov 14, 2012 10:25 UTC (Wed) by ncm (subscriber, #165)
Which parts of Linux will slough off first? Tty, memory management, file systems, networking, program loading, user process management. It will be sad, in a way, but the new OS will keep most of us from looking back.
Posted Nov 14, 2012 12:33 UTC (Wed) by dgm (subscriber, #49227)
Posted Nov 14, 2012 17:13 UTC (Wed) by michaeljt (subscriber, #39183)
Some people are trying interesting variations on that theme. 
hardware + application support
Posted Nov 14, 2012 14:16 UTC (Wed) by tialaramex (subscriber, #21167)
• it provides access to the hardware you have
• it runs the software you need
You fastened onto the first, there are plenty of people who claim to have a "better" operating system that doesn't work as well as Linux systems do with the hardware people have (often, with any hardware at all).
But the second is just as important. When Linux was new the various compatibility layers were vital. Everything from the ABI compatibility that later angered SCO through to projects like WINE helped make Linux a good choice for people who, like most of us, don't write everything from scratch.
Any project that thinks it's going to "be the next Linux" needs to handle both these problems well, as well as doing something _better_ than Linux.
Posted Nov 15, 2012 16:44 UTC (Thu) by khim (subscriber, #9252)
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