The Portland project: No silver bullet for hairy problem of multiple desktops

Posted by dcparris on Aug 26, 2006 3:06 PM EDT
Linux.com; By Nathan Willis
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When OSDL announced the first release of its Portland initiative at LinuxWorld Boston in April, heralding it "a breakthrough in desktop Linux," I muttered my skepticism to a co-worker. He expressed surprise at my reaction, noting that the initiative employs extremely smart people. I don't doubt their intelligence, or their sincerity, but I wouldn't bet a penny on the project living up to its initial claim, because you can't conjure a silver bullet out of intelligence and sincerity.

[Frankly, I'm not sure we should make a unified desktop our goal. What would be the downside? What would be the point of being different? It's kind of like living in a subdivision.

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