[Note, "mahjongg"'s original post (Please don't call this OS "Raspbian"!) was locked, forcing me to create this new post. Sorry]...
I love the Raspberry Pi Foundation and everything
associated with it, so take all the following with the appropriate grain of salt...
I appreciate "mahjongg" pointing out that the correct name to refer to the PC version of Raspberry Pi Desktop is (probably?
) something like the name of this forum "The Raspberry Pi Desktop OS for PC and Mac based on Debian Stretch
"? That's a lot of words for this age of acronyms, and I 'm not even sure why it's all needed (legal reasons?).
This is what is posted on the foundation's download pages for its two respective main products:
RASPBIAN STRETCH WITH DESKTOP
Image with desktop based on Debian Stretch
DEBIAN STRETCH WITH RASPBERRY PI DESKTOP
The Raspberry Pi Desktop OS for PC and Mac - based on Debian Stretch
I think it takes a careful eye to spot or understand the differences. But yes, "The Raspberry Pi Desktop OS for PC and Mac - based on Debian Stretch" does stand out in there.
However, I found myself wanting to answer a question, "What is "Debian" exactly, and how does "Desktop" fit into that picture?" And what's the nomenclature focus all about?
First I discovered Debian is currently called "Debian 9 - Stretch".
Second, the following is from the Debian Wiki, "DebianDesktopHowTo" (https://wiki.debian.org/DebianDesktopHowTo
), used when you install Debian itself (my Bolding
Select a Desktop Environment
To select the desktop environment that the debian-installer installs, enter "Advanced options" on the boot screen and scroll down to "Alternative desktop environments".
Otherwise, debian-installer will choose GNOME
is of course a renowned, heavy alternative.
is a fast and light alternative, and especially suited if you were using GNOME 2 and find GNOME 3 disappointing.
For older computers, consider using LXDE
or Xfce, because they are less resource-hungry than GNOME or KDE.
Or, you may choose e17
(Enlightenment), a new candidate that also features a touchscreen mode.
Ok. Debian Stretch comes with 5 desktop choices. Note that "Raspbian Pi Desktop
" is not one of them, but that's understandable; because it's not a built-in alternative.
What's not understandable to me in this age of acronyms is why "Raspbian Pi Desktop", which is a clearly recognizable assemblage, does not have a simple formal name, like GNOME? That way people referring to it do not need to write long things like "The Raspberry Pi Desktop OS for PC and Mac based on Debian Stretch".
Frankly it seems easier to me to simply refer to the base version as "Raspbian Stretch
", and then the PC/MAC version as "Raspbian Stretch PC
", and who cares about all the underlying particulars (for example, I left out MAC, a particular).
But apparently "Raspbian" is not technically the name of the desktop. It's the name of the OS (I guess)? But even that is hard to understand, since the OS is always really Debian under the hood. Raspbian then is a particular set of Linux-level changes to Debian; but then it also comes bundled with a custom desktop, which is not called Raspbian?
So then what is the desktop's official name? Thinking historically, I believe that desktop was referred to as "Pixel" not too long ago. Is that still true?
Yes, in this IT business, nomenclature matters, but it's up to the originators to come up with and post prominently simple product names, and explain the reasons, that are legally valid for the rest of us to use.
I vote for "Raspbian Stretch
" and "Raspbian Stretch PC
", which is apparently in complete disagreement with "mahjongg".
But of course nobody put this up for a vote.