Desktop normalization

Marcin Krol lug at
Wed Nov 25 07:43:36 PST 1998

On Wed, 25 Nov 1998, H. Peter Anvin wrote:

> > > I think Greg has a good point.  I would be nice to include the desktop as
> > > a part of the OS for a personal workstation, but having the choice of no
> > > GUI is why some people choose linux.  

> > That's why layered or modular standard with optional higher layers
> > or modules designed for interoperability rather than for prefering
> > any existing solution would be a good thing IMHO.

> Yes, modular standards are a Good Thing[TM].

> However, something I'd like to *strongly* propose is to adopt an
> RFC-like concept, where anyone can submit documents to be published;

Good idea.

> by default to be considered "Informational", but which can be
> standards-track (Proposed Standard, Standard).

Kind of LETF? ;-)

> That way people who hack up useful things can document them to improve
> interoperability, without going through an expensive standardization
> process until it becomes warranted.  Having a central repository of
> such documents is very useful, as the RFC's and the FidoNet

> I hereby volunteer to be virtual Jon Postel and maintain such an
> archive, should it be considered useful.

OK. I think I will start working in my spare time on something
that would work like what we talk here about. 

 Marcin Krol

Hiroshima 45                   Tschernobyl 86                      Windows 95

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