Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Mar 2009 18:43 UTC, submitted by elsewhere
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y Any discussion about GNOME vs. KDE is sure to end in tears. It's basically impossible to discuss which of these two Free desktop environments is better than the other, mostly because they cater to different types of people, with different needs and expectatotions. As such, Bruce Byfield decided to look at the two platforms from a different perspective: if we consider their developmental processes, which of the two is most likely to be more successful in the coming years?
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RE: The Elephant in the Room
by vivainio on Tue 31st Mar 2009 20:36 UTC in reply to "The Elephant in the Room"
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Right now, the best way of getting into Gnome and GTK development is with Mono, regardless of how people might feel about it. Gnome need to recognise that to be relevant and they need to either embrace it or put serious work into learning why that is and doing something about it.

Gnome is already quite relevant as it stands - think of it as CDE of 21st century. It's stable and pretty much "ready", improving mostly in incremental fashion.

It doesn't do too bad a job as a window manager and task switcher, even if a little bloated one. They also have some pretty cool stuff brewing, like the javascript based "gnome shell".

But hopefully, they'll keep Mono out of the loop. Focus on beefing up C++ support, take good care of Python support ecosystem, play with Vala and Javascript, consider making Qt a first class Gnome development framework. Just treat that big wooden horse delivery from microsoft at the door with the respect & caution it deserves.

Mono developers will always be collecting leftovers under windows developers table. Some of us are in more of a hurry to start scavenging there, while others are probably better off letting it "play out" for a while and see where it goes. If gnome banked too heavily on Mono, by the time of the first cease & desist or "patent licensing agreement" we will have a glorious, completely free KDE 4.x platform ready to take the refugees.

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