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Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2012 11:12:41 -0400
From: Jeremy Huntwork <>
Subject: Re: Vision for new platform

On 5/17/12 9:06 PM, Rich Felker wrote:
> What I'd really like to end up with is something that's not just a new
> distro (in fact it could be used on or by several of the distros this
> community is already working on as well as further new ones or perhaps
> existing ones), but a new "platform" of sorts, with the idea that it
> would be fully capable of running and interoperating with existing gui
> *applications* written for X/GNOME/KDE/whatever, but not necessarily
> compatible with any of the system-level junk these environments use.

I've been watching this thread with keen interest, and I'd love to see 
something like this happen.

I realize you were just opening discussion here and that you've also 
already listed several details about what you'd like to see and what 
you'd like to avoid, but perhaps it would be useful now to start drawing 
up a draft specification? Is there somewhere that we can collaboratively 
design a document that lists functional goals as well as design principles?

> I still see this all, at least the completion of it, as a mid- to
> long-range project, but I think it's something we could and should
> start discussing, and I hope some of you who are already into
> distro-building will be interested in experimenting with new
> approaches to the ugly guts of making a working user-facing system.


> Maybe we can start with the daemon/script side of things and some CLI
> tools to work with them and just experiment and see how it evolves,
> and then solidify the design and polish the implementations once we
> have some results.

This might be a good first area to tackle (as the discussions seem to be 
heading there already anyway), but I still think it will be useful to 
have at least a document which provides guidance as to purpose and 
principles of design (i.e., why this effort and what pitfalls we're 
hoping to avoid).


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