On 3/17/2020 9:14 AM, Mayuresh Kathe wrote:
If showing what could/should be done in other GNU/Linux distributions
is all that Intel wanted, they could have simply extended a helping hand to those other
makers by providing the required consultation free-of-cost, it would have been more cost
effective and humble.
Ok so a few things
We, Intel, work with many Linux distros pretty intensely on hardware support and
performance and many other things.
Many of our customers nowadays have Linux distros of their own rather than using a
"standard" distro as is.
For many reasons, we also build Clear Linux. By knowing what it takes to get features into
a Linux distro (our own) it's easier for us to work with others who are/have a
distro. We also want to make sure we can do the best performance etc etc... and sometimes
that means doing experiments that are only possible if you
have your own distro in house.
Now on Desktop... based on a lot of history (Moblin/Meego/...) we know that it is very
hard to do a "general consumer desktop", and we tried something different,
aim JUST at software developers (e.g. advanced technical users not afraid of a command
line who write code but also generally have more modern, higher quality hardware) and
do a very narrow thing that was hopefully more tractable.
Turns out that there is no such thing really, people expect, almost demand, that any
obscure piece of hardware "just works" (often stuff we can't even buy
anymore to test
it etc) and... well we got asked for 15+ different desktop environments etc etc... an
infinity of "weird stuff" that has nothing to do with "developer".
We have been trying to accommodate those as much as we can, but there are clear limits
because we also do not want to just throw junk over the wall.
It also means we are likely going to change a bit how we work, rather than
"everything" we need to make sure that what we do ship is usable,
with a bias to servers and what developers use rather than "random stuff".
With the 3rd party repo stuff getting more ready, there's ways where others can
provide their own repositories for "weird stuff" without us being