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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It deserves to die, the sooner te better.
by tomz on Fri 27th Jul 2012 14:29 UTC
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It isn't just the desktop. For a long time you couldn't enter bluetooth custom PINs, they wanted an internal in-code database based on device type or id. Network Manager is worse. It managed to remember several dozen APs on my drive to work but took over a minute to find the AP at my desk. And this - no refresh button - is intentional. You ned to turn wireless off then on. Yes, this is their idea of user friendly. The panel was dropped and replaced with nothing though with ridiculous effort you can get back a half-functioning one and some applets. Notifications became either annoyingly intrusive or useless.

They wanted it to be locked down, ugly, and difficult and basically told anyone who wanted to make it easier or fix things to go away. So they did. They promised to make things a bit better in the release 2 years from now but still not really address the problems.

In one sense it is like the iPad/iOS. If you find the jail is comfortable and has everything you want, it works well. Probably for 80%. The moment you want to think different, you can't use it. At all. Like to play with some serial devices, well maybe you can turn the headset into an acoustic coupler modem, but it is easier to just move to something better. Gnome 3 and much of its progeny are similar - using gconf shouldn't be necessary, nor installing dozens of packages. I've switched to Xfce.

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