Why not Xfce? (was: Re: The XO-1.5 software plan.)

Martin Langhoff martin.langhoff at gmail.com
Sun May 17 07:54:25 EDT 2009

On Sat, May 16, 2009 at 7:18 PM, Mitch Bradley <wmb at laptop.org> wrote:

> Within OLPC, there are proponents/enthusiasts for other distros and
> window managers (your humble correspondent being one).  So it's not like
> it was a Fedora/Gnome juggernaut.  But the people within OLPC who are
> doing the actual work - and whose butts are on the line for delivering
> the result on schedule - decided that the F11/Gnome approach had the
> highest probability of getting us from where we are now

+1. This also means that people advocating XFCE and KDE have the door wide
open to switch from advocating to building a highly polished spin for 1.5
integrating their desktop of choice.

Right now, the shortage of hands to do things is a major factor. If Fedora
generally works on 1.5, Gnome will Just Work with no (or minimal) additional
effort or QA from us.

Work on getting a top-notch polished $desktop on it, and continued
mantainership behind it, and it'll definitely be an option. It's reasonably
easy to get desktops "going", but good polish making it suitable for end
users takes a ton of detailed, subtle work.


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