Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 23rd Dec 2006 17:45 UTC
X11, Window Managers Apparently, my article a few days ago caused a bigger stir than I had anticipated, not at all unrelated to the fact that my wordings may not have been optimal. So, let me clarify things a bit.
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Incremental releases vs. drastic changes
by franz on Sat 23rd Dec 2006 19:06 UTC
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As you already pointed out in your article, Gnome 2 provides a very consistent interface, with many gradual improvements.

Drastic changes, like the one from Gnome 1 to Gnome 2 are not a good thing. With open source, there's no need to justify a $100 (Apple) $250 (Vista Pro) upgrade fee.

You seem to prefer a long-expected, secretly developed, dramatically changed new release over a constantly improved, consistent open development model. Within the open source development model, that is not realistic. XGL/Compiz is an example, but it served more as a seed-project and a way to flesh out the specs before releasing it to the open source community.
Over time, projects like Beagle, D-BUS, Cairo and Compiz have been/will be incorporated into the mainstream Gnome Desktop. This only testifies to the well-designed framework that Gnome has become.

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