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LXDE: The Little Desktop That Could

Oct 23, 2011, 06:00 (0 Talkback[s])

"Storybook matters aside, I really don't understand how the leaderships of three fiercely independent, highly competitive operating systems abruptly and simultaneously began to pursue a single goal, the total iconification of the desktop so that its screen would resemble an over-sized phone. It is especially puzzling since the change apparently requires a reduction, rather than an expansion, of the capabilities of the desktop.

I am particularly amazed that so many Linux distros have been swept up in this tsunami of icon-only desktops. Whether it is Unity or Gnome 3 is utterly irrelevant, because both have embraced the new idea and rejected all possibility of alternatives or even some form of compromise. But this is Linux we're talking about. This is a system that was built on freedom and has never accepted arbitrary control. That's what makes the recent developments so shocking.

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