Distribution quotes of the week
Posted Nov 30, 2012 4:26 UTC (Fri) by rsidd
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You don't think the UI is part of a platform definition?
Indeed I don't, at least not on Linux. There has never been a standard UI. Even today, on a daily basis I use programs that use xlib, motif/lesstif, tcl/tk, as well as GTK and Qt. And in what sense is Unity a "platform"? It depends on Gtk just as much as GNOME3 does, and all the same software runs on it. And if Ubuntu uses lightdm instead of gdm, who cares? How does it affect the platform?
The linux platform is a system on which you can run the linux versions of Adobe Reader, Skype, Opera, Mathematica, Matlab, Google Earth, and various other proprietary software in addition to the usual open-source software. It exists and it works, and GDM/GNOME3/lightdm/unity/systemd/upstart are not essential parts of it. Defining a "Linux platform" that includes systemd or GNOME3 will not increase the availability of proprietary software, either.
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