Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Mar 2009 22:34 UTC
Gnome The GNOME team has released GNOME 2.26, the latest release in the 2.x release branch. As everyone knows, GNOME is a multi-platform open source desktop environment. The 2.26 release continues GNOME's policy of incremental updates to a stable base, and as such, it comes packed with a boatload of new features.
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RE[7]: Great Release!
by segedunum on Mon 23rd Mar 2009 22:43 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Great Release!"
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"Inferior," is very subjective. Honestly, you complain about GNOME fanboys, but it takes a fanboy to know one I suppose. Look at the crap you're spouting...

You're getting far too defensive and you're in danger of proving yourself to be the fanboy that you want to accuse me of being. Inferior is not subjective once you start rattling through a list of bullet points, and that's quite possible what you don't like.

What is inferior to you may not be inferior to me.

What's inferior to me or to you is irrelevant. What's inferior to Windows or OS X users, and especially developers, is.

I look at what keeps people on Windows, and to a lesser extent OS X, technologically and I see far, far less with Gnome than I do with KDE, be it developer tools, architecture, functionality or the wide range of applications in the KDE world. Even that isn't enough itself though, because there is a ton of stuff to do beyond just the desktop itself. It's high time we just accepted where we are.

For my purposes, for example, KDE is very clearly inferior to GNOME. Stop trying to force your view on others.

Based on what? Like I said, what's inferior for your purposes, or mine, is irrelevant.

Where's the common architecture that won't piss developers off? Where's the development tools that don't piss developers off - apart from Mono? As much as I've had a go at Mono it is still the best way of getting into GTK and Gnome development. Where's the applications with the functionality of things like Amarok and DigiKam? Where's the educational applications? Where's the resolution independence? Where's the next generation of graphical applications going to come from? Where's the platform they will be built on? How can small desktop applets be developed to extend the functionality of the desktop and attract users? How can people develop them? How can users install them?

What, exactly, does a spinning cube bring to the desktop experience, other than the five seconds it takes to go wow, ok that was cool now what?

People try and paint what Windows Vista/7, OS X and KDE behind it are doing as some king of 'spinning cube' thing that no one needs, but it will all fall on deaf ears. Desktops have always moved along visually, as sure as eggs is eggs, and they bring along with them new applications and new functionality. Is it a crime to want something to look nice? We could all get along without font anti-aliasing and smoothing, but we don't.

Maybe I'm just jaded and sick of every Linux fanboy zealot pointing out the spinning cubes as a productive feature.

It's the Linux fanboy zealots who can't see that how your desktop presents itself visually is important, has implications for the functionality you can present and the kind of applications that can be developed. Applications are the lifeblood of any desktop. To ignore that is to retreat into the sad world of CDE and the old Unix desktops and repeat all the same mistakes in the 90s.

CDE fell off, in short, when better desktops like GNOME and KDE came on the scene and replaced it....

Yes. Both Gnome and KDE looked better, were more functional and had better applications. What does that tell you?

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