|From:||Christian Fredrik Kalager Schaller <uraeus-AT-gnome.org>|
|Subject:||GNOME and non-linux platforms (release team please stand up)|
|Date:||Wed, 22 Jul 2009 12:50:12 +0100|
A topic that was discussed in the hallways in Gran Canaria is the fact that GNOME has gone from not letting non-linux platforms hold back development of features (ie. introduction of HAL) to making choices that basically means we are abandoning any attempts of allowing GNOME to run on non-linux platforms. The switch from HAL to udev is maybe the clearest one, but the push towards PulseAudio for a lot of things have the same effect, as I think Lennart has said multiple times that none of the non-linux systems like Solaris or FreeBSD got a sound system capable of supporting PulseAudio. Personally I don't necessarily object to this choice, as giving 95% of our userbase a better and more competitive experience critical for future growth, and trying to come up with lowest common denominator abstractions might be a hindrance for that, but I do object to the fact that we are making this choice without actually having made it. So I would like to ask the GNOME release team to please come forward and clearly state that the future of GNOME is to be a linux desktop system as opposed to a desktop system for any Unix-like system. Christian
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