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Re: Google to launch PC operating system

From: Alan Mackenzie
Subject: Re: Google to launch PC operating system
Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2009 12:36:42 +0000 (UTC)
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John Hasler <> wrote:
> Alan Mackenzie writes:
>> I must say, I'd welcome a system where I can get straight to a browser
>> without having to go through the excessiveness of X-Windows and a typical
>> window-manager like KDE or GNOME.

> While X is currently necessary desktop environments[1] such as KDE and
> Gnome certainly are not.  Neither is a window manager, though it is
> convenient.

> [1]  KDE and Gnome are _not_ window managers.

:-)  OH YES THEY ARE!!!  They perform the function that ratpoison or fvwm
do, don't they?  Or do you mean that I could run ratpoison as window
manager, then start GNOME or KDE "I'm not a window manager" in it?

I've never been too clear about this.  I've never come across any clear
explanation, and never been interested enough actively to seek it out.

> They also are not the only desktop environments.

Should they not be called laptop environments now?

Alan Mackenzie (Nuremberg, Germany).

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