Whats Next in Linux Desktop Standardization?
Leading Linux desktop developers meet again in Portland to work out where they'll devote their efforts to standardizing the Linux desktop for users and ISVs alike. (DesktopLinux.com)AnalysisOver the past week, some of the Linux desktops foremost developers gathered together in Portland, Oregon, at the OSDL (Open Source Development Labs) Desktop Architects Meeting to work further on bringing order to the Linux desktop. According to John Cherry, the OSDLs Desktop Linux initiative manager, there was a good turnout of about 45 developers from the community, including major Linux vendors such as Novell and Red Hat, and ISVs (independent software vendors) like Google and Adobe. Click here to read more about the Portland Project and its goals for the Linux desktop.
It was the ISVs, according to Cherry, who had a strong and clear message for the Linux distributors: "Application vendors, esp. those like Google that distribute their software through the Web, and not necessarily bundled with a distribution, want to be able to count on any [distribution] continuing to keep and not depreciate or eliminate software libraries."