[OpenIndiana-discuss] Gnome and the future

Bob Friesenhahn bfriesen at simple.dallas.tx.us
Wed Oct 31 23:05:30 UTC 2012

On Wed, 31 Oct 2012, magnus at yonderway.com wrote:

> On Wed, 31 Oct 2012 15:25:13 +0000, openbabel <openbabel at gmail.com> wrote:
>> As an Enterprise system the commercial view should prevail?
> This is based on the false premise that OpenIndiana is an enterprise
> desktop operating system.

I would take more issue with the term "commercial".  OpenIndiana is 
based on an enterprise operating system, however, use as a desktop 
(for use with packaged software) is not commercially viable.  The term 
"commercially viable" means that someone is willing to pay for the 
system with the intent of using it as a desktop.  This does not mean 
that OpenIndiana can not offer a perfectly viable and useful desktop 
which is almost as performant and feature rich as popular desktops.

OpenIndiana needs to offer a default desktop which is reliable and 
lightweight since it may be attached to a server or need to be used 
remotely.  It should not require exotic GPU acceleration to be usable. 
By current standards Gnome2 is "light-weight" even though it used to 
be considered heavy-weight.  KDE4 is pretty heavy.

Bob Friesenhahn
bfriesen at simple.dallas.tx.us, http://www.simplesystems.org/users/bfriesen/
GraphicsMagick Maintainer,    http://www.GraphicsMagick.org/

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