Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th Jul 2012 12:41 UTC
Gnome Honest question. Do you think the GNOME project is as healthy today as it was, say, 4 years ago? Benjamin Otte explains that no, it isn't. GNOME lacks developers, goals, mindshare and users. The situation as he describes it, is a lot more dire than I personally thought.
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by drcouzelis on Fri 27th Jul 2012 13:44 UTC
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Anecdotal or no, such numbers do not bode well when you take the sheer size of the GNOME project into account. This is not a project that can be succesfully developed by a handful of developers - it needs more than that.

This is the saddest part in my opinion. GNOME is no longer a collection of "programs that do one thing and do it well". Whether it's true or not, GNOME applications feel like they have tight coupling, which would make it hard for a new developer to contribute.

GNOME shouldn't be concerned with getting more developers to work on "GNOME". Instead, it should be a few people contributing to the small sections that interest them. If no one is interested in working on them, then they fade away or get replaced by something better. If being so tightly integrated with all of GNOME makes this very hard, then people will just not want to do anything with it.

Does that make sense, or am misunderstanding the GNOME project?

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