Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 1st Jun 2008 09:40 UTC, submitted by tbutler
Linux Back in 2001, there was a company who thought they could launch a sustainable business model around a file manager. They wrote the file manager itself, and figured they could profit from offering online services delivered through the file manager. However, the company ran out of money quickly, and wen they released version 1.0 of their file manager, they had to fire everyone, only to go down a few months later. That company was Eazel, and the file manager was Nautilus. Apparently, some saw this as the demise of the Linux desktop - others didn't.
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About "Vision"
by Christian Paratschek on Sun 1st Jun 2008 16:03 UTC
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I remember a longtime Austrian chancellor who was once quoted saying "Visions? If I have visions, I'll go and see the doctor"

Really, I don't understand what we are talking about here all the time.

GNOME had the usability thing. Call it a vision, I call it a big plan to improve the product. They pretty much did it and now they are improving on what they have. There is still lots left to do, and new things keep popping in as technology advances. That's really enough to keep you busy. Just recently someone announced that HAL will be replaced by a new technology - there IS constant work on GNOME to improve the user experience.

I'll go as far as to say that KDE messed up big time with KDE 4. Right now they lost almost a year (or two?) and we keep hearing that the next version will finally be usable. You call it visions - I call that a disaster! If they don't get their act together pretty soon, KDE might be related to a second tier platform in the future.

And that's a pretty bad vision, I guess...

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