GNU/Linux New Year's Resolutions Comments

Here is our "20 Early GNU/Linux New Year's Resolutions." We hope the GNU/Linux community and GNU/Linux software providers will contribute in a way that will make the following list a reality.
  1. Update and maintain the Repositories. Add, remove and update existing packages. With the latest software coming out and the repositories falling more behind, people are now looking at ways to install programs by hand, which is taking away from the overall user-friendly experience, in their current conditions, including a Repository almost defeats the purpose.

  2. Gnome, make a sharper Environment. While keeping it at a middle performance, memory, and graphically demanding Desktop Environment. Add a "Kickoff Start Menu, Application Launcher, Start Menu, etc." as an applet to the 'gnome-panel' it needs one. Make new sharper icons.

  3. Nautilus. Add the option for HTML, Adobe Flash, and Photoshop PSD thumbnails. Also video playback preview thumbnails would also be a nice feature, much like the existing "hover over" audio preview icons.

  4. GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program.) Add support for Photoshop PSD, CMYK, and make GEGL a CMYK equivalent, as well as other color management support. Add support for image "Undo History" storage in native XCF format. Ensure support for 8, 16, and 32 bits per channel editing and perhaps go a step further and make 64 bits per channel editing, if at all possible.

  5. KDE. Your heading the way of both Windows and Mac, GNU/Linux is supposed to be it's own thing, just because the majority of users accept such design doesn't mean that's the best there is. Not to be taken wrong, KDE 4.x is a very exceptional Desktop Environment, but it is becoming more performance, memory, and graphics demanding.

  6. Make a commercial. Advertise GNU/Linux (not just Red Hat, Suse, or Linspire) but the concept of GNU/Linux itself. This should be an easy task, as some networks might charge a Non-Profit less to advertise on their network. And in these hard economic times, it's best to give GNU/Linux commercial publicity now, when the average person needs to have knowledge of it the most.

  7. nVidia & ATI. You both have somewhat "open-source" versions of your drivers, make those drivers better. Liberate your older drivers, as your competitors will likely not gain anything from you doing such a thing, but you know best.

  8. Adobe. Make a GNU/Linux version of Shockwave.

  9. Mozilla. Keep up the good work! Don't go commercial/proprietary.

  10. Google. Make a GNU/Linux version of your Chrome browser.

  11. Fedora, Ubuntu, etc.. Include some new/more fonts in your distributions, add more free versions/look-alikes of Microsoft and Macintosh fonts, as to provides a nice learning curve.

  12. Ubuntu. Stay away from the Mac-like theme. And make a brand new "Kickawesome" web 2.0-like theme, remember to keep the orange.

  13. Ubuntu. Keep your free CD delivery service, it is a very unique service. And continue offering "Professional Support Services." Such services are very useful, and help newcomers properly install your GNU/Linux distributions.

  14. Compiz. Continue developing your great program, there is a few things that need to be fixed before it's suitable for everyone, to our experience.

  15. WINE. As the Wine developers said, it's not yet ready for an average user's everyday use, it still needs a lot of work. But in the end of development don't go commercial/proprietary, that would defeat the purpose.

  16. ALL VENDORS. Please don't make any more deals with Microsoft, don't make the mistakes Novell has made. And don't let the big guys like Microsoft buy you out, in example: Lindowsnewwin

  17. GAME COMPANIES. Make GNU/Linux versions of all your new games! This will greatly help the adoption of GNU/Linux with the average gamer. id Software, keep up the good work!

  18. Red Hat, Fedora, Ubuntu, etc.. Show your worth as a web server, although we know you don't want GNU/Linux to be know as only a web server, that is where the easy targets are; people who have GNU/Linux web servers will use it as a personal computer too, if it's exponentially good as both, as will the company's employees, in example we, InaTux.

  19. ALL VENDORS. Get on more computers, there is a way, just an easy marketing and super easy installation process, might significantly help make this happen.

  20. ALL VENDORS. Get ahead of the game. Don't look to hard at making GNU/Linux an equal, look at making GNU/Linux the most innovative operating system their is, and with the free price tag GNU/Linux will be adopted like that.

  21. Please do comment if you have a GNU/Linux resolution suggestion.

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