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ExtremeTech: Red Hat's Heresy

Sep 24, 2002, 11:30 (69 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim Lynch)

"Windows still rules primarily because there really is no 'standard' Linux desktop. This lack of consistency and simplification sometimes confuses the hell out of Linux newbies. To them the desktop is the OS and why should there be more than one GUI? This mindset has become a formidable challenge to Linux folks who relish the ability to customize their OS and who regard standardization as conformity.

"Most Linux people have rallied behind either the KDE or Gnome GUI, but Windows users coming over to Linux usually have no idea what these things are. And, even if they get around to installing Linux, newbies still have to contend with an overwhelming array of menus--the standard KDE or Gnome menus plus all the ones created by the distro.

"Red Hat, to its credit and to the utter annoyance of some Linux purists, has engaged in a bold experiment: to produce a simple and easy to use desktop. It has tweaked the default KDE and Gnome GUIs so that they work almost exactly alike, by creating a more Red Hat-centric desktop with simplified menus and attractive graphics..."

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