[lpi-discuss] GUI fun (was Server vs. Wrokstation (was
Some Objective Feedback)
evan at telly.org
Tue Sep 13 23:33:23 EDT 2005
Dan York wrote:
> The beauty of Linux is that you have so many choices for your desktop
Actually, I beg to differ. The consolidation has been underway for a while.
Lycoris was recently acquired by Mandriva, itself a merger of two
distributions that were better known for their desktop capabilities.
Almost all of the Debian-based desktops (with the notable exception of
Ubuntu) have agreed on common platform components.
The above, together with the twin heavyweights in Red Hat and Novell,
use by default a fairly small subset of the available choices in
horizontal apps. GNOME or KDE, OpenOffice or KOffice,
Firefox/Konqueror/Evolution. The window manager debate is generally dead.
In some cases, the choices are being narrowed by policy rather than
technology. The Asianux standard is defining a single common desktop
platform for a large geographic area, and similar efforts such as
Latinux are following.
The end result of this is that the "Linux desktop" is becoming less
diverse over time. Even the LSB has started to dip its toes into the
not-so-murky waters of desktop standards.
> Six years later, I still don't see how you can do it any differently
> for the base exams. I am not sure there ever will be a generic
> desktop we can test on and as a user I'm actually perfectly okay with
Events, such as Sean's announcement here last month, indicate that the
situation is indeed more generic than some may think. I daresay that
there are now about as many major divergences on the desktop as exist on
the server (postfix/sendmail/exim, grub/lilo, distro-specific admin
tools, and of course rpm/dpkg). Yet LPI seems to be coping with the
Chosen implementations will always upset some who don't see their
favourite app tested, however the choices made suit a reasonably large
majority of users. LPI has already done this for the server, and similar
rational choices can be (and already are, in the case of OpenICDL,
being) made for the desktop.
The main problem surrounding desktop certification has nothing to do
with the diversity of apps, and everything to do with delivery.
Duplicating the MOUS or ICDL programs securely is prohibitively
expensive (they required huge subsidies from Microsoft and the EU
respectively) and you just can't test a word processor using multiple
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