Below, tpo writes: 'If the biggest desktop distro says "we chose these technologies [systemd, gnome3 etc], and we'll be using them during the next 10 years and we guarantee they will be around during that period", then that'd be different [for proprietary software].' That's what Fedora and Red Hat are aiming at. Best case (for them) -- other distros fall in line. More likely -- proprietary software distributors will continue to package their stuff separately for each distro, but the differences will not just be about dependencies and packaging format, but will involve basic parts of the system.
I'm not a Fedora or RHEL user and am not convinced I will ever want to be one. Not only am I repelled by this needless re-architecting of Unix methods that have worked for decades, but Gnome3 and Unity are so competitively awful that I have just switched to a tiling WM (i3) and don't plan to go back. In this mad and futile rush to win the "desktop" (which was last year's battle -- the world has moved on to mobile devices), RH/Fedora and Ubuntu have both managed to annoy users who just want a working Unix-like system whose parts fit together in easily comprehensible ways and whose configuration can be changed with a text editor.
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