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Taylor: Configuring the Red Hat Linux Desktop

Sep 16, 2002, 17:30 (44 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Owen Taylor)

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"So, why are we making these changes? First off, the desktop is one piece of a larger Red Hat Linux product. Other components range from our configuration tools, to the applications we include, to our website, to the box that Red Hat Linux comes in. We believe that all of these components should look and behave consistently.

"Creating two sets of configuration tools, two websites, and two boxes isn't feasible or desirable. So we have to make the desktop fit in with the rest of the product instead of making the rest of the product fit in with the desktop.

"The second reason for adopting similar configurations for the two desktops is to reduce our integration work. When we ship a desktop, we need to integrate in our configuration tools, services such as Red Hat Network, and our recommended set of applications. If we start from two distinct upstream default configurations, then this job becomes two entirely different designs, instead of just two implementations of a single design..."

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