Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Jun 2008 08:14 UTC
Gnome The KDE project saw the writing on the wall. They saw that they had reached a certain limit when it came to what could be done with the KDE 3.x series - they named it the "big friggin' wall", and decided that in order to get over that wall, incremental updates wouldn't do - they needed massive changes, a big jump, and they went for it. It's been a rough road, but it seems as if KDE 4.1 is showing signs of the vision becoming a reality. And it now seems as if several people within the GNOME community are seeing the writing on the wall too: GNOME 2.x has reached its goal - now what?
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How to revolutionise?
by waynej on Wed 11th Jun 2008 10:05 UTC
waynej
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This is a very interesting read but in my opinion actually shows a bigger problem. In this day and age, how does one revolutionise?

I use XP, KDE and Gnome and I think we have seen, in the last 5 - 10 years, is that yes there are differences in approach and implementation but a reasonably savvy logical person can move from one to the other with no show stopping problems.

We are into the area of the law of diminishing returns.

In order for Gnome or any of the others to revolutionise there needs to be a greater acceptance of the need to make mistakes publically and not be hauled over the coals. When KDE 4.0 came out the bile, spite and invective aimed in the direction of the KDE developers was almost overwhelming. If Aaron had told everyone to F*** Off and shove their opinions up their collective a***s I, for one, would not have been surprised.

Ok it wasn't perfect, no-one said it was going to be perfect when it came out, but the expectation of perfection and the refusal to accept anything else was really out of order. OK, some of the articles were written by non-native English speakers but the tone of a surprising number articles was rather abusive.

For Gnome to revolutionise, there needs to be a more open mindset on the part of the users and community at large and an acceptance that in order to change there can be, will be and must be failures.

My tuppence.

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