Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 4th Jun 2006 13:01 UTC
Gnome I enjoy using many different desktop environments and operating systems. On a day-to-day basis, I use Finder, Explorer, GNOME, and KDE. They all have their good sides, but obviously, they have their fair share of bad sides as well. The next couple of columns will be about the latter. This week, I take a look at whatever bothers me about Ubuntu's GNOME/Linux combination (Dapper, obviously).
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I don't agree with your critism of the author in respect to posting bug reports. We rightly all have freedom of choice - not everyone wants to be an unpaid beta tester and file bug reports. Some people just want to use software, not fix it. (In the same way many developers dont use the software they write - and hence why they rely on users to file bug reports - its the same difference).

I like driving cars but I don't want to get under them with a spanner and an oily rag. Despite that I still have a right to complain about my car when it does not work properly, without having the car dealership responding with "why dont you help us fix it".

In the same way that people can drive cars without also reparing them, I don't see any logical objection to someone making a critique without haveing also to be "contributing" in some way. I am sure IT journalists do not contribute to every IT project they critique.

With regard to the filing a bug report, I have tried to do so in the past, but the process of finding out how to do it, and of collecting together supporting doco is not trivial. Much more than an ordinary user would want to be bothered with.

As to his coment about the taskbar buttons, its hard to imagine that none of the Gnome developers are aware of that issue. Or the slow redraws.

The one problem I continually find with comments posted on internet forums is this aspect of questioning the rights of people to make comments. I think anyone should be able to make any comment they like about anything, for whatever reason. It is primarily what they say that is at issue, not whhy they say it or who they are. So critique WHAT they say but not the author and his right to say it.

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