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KayosIII
10-19-2005, 03:55 AM
http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1872172,00.asp

Linux Standard Base for the Desktop. Should give a definate target for ISV's wanting to target the linux desktop - It should help ensure that their programs will run on all complient systems and make the business of ISV's porting to Linux a lot simpler. It will build on the work allready being done on http://www.freedesktop.org with the first published standard to happen in early 2006.

I think that one of the things that will interest CgTalk users is the fact that Adobe is actively involved in pushing this standard. (Though I don't think that means native photoshop on linux just yet - Adobe is sure to want a good indication from a lot customers before they head this way)

fxgogo
10-19-2005, 10:44 AM
That can only be good news for us all.

Thalaxis
10-19-2005, 05:48 PM
That can only be good news for us all.


Very good news indeed. A consistent GUI is the main barrier that keeps Linux from being an effective alternative to Windows with the average consumer. In office environments there's also the office suite, but the gap there is closing also.

KayosIII
10-20-2005, 12:24 AM
Complete consistancy across the linux UI is not likely to be arrived at by this standard well not in the sense of a desktop monoculture anyway. There are still going to be muliple desktop environments, Toolkits etc. Consistancy will be achieved but more from the POV of the ISV rather than the POV of the end user. What will be needed is a common file format for Desktop Icons, A common Menu System, consistant drag,drop,copy,paste behaviour etc etc... Having a look at http://www.freedesktop.org will give you a pretty good indication of what is going on

The other important immediate goal is define a base where by a company shipping a binary release will not have to have one set of files for debian and another for Mandrake and another for Redhat and so on. They will be able to say - this program should run on any desktop that supports Linux Standard Base for Desktop.

Borjis
10-20-2005, 07:32 PM
at that point, "all of your linux base" belong to us.

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