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 UltraZelda64 on Fri 27th Jul 2012 17:29 UTC
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"GNOME 3 has always been a controversial product. GNOME 2.x was refined for years to a very usable and nice desktop environment - I loved it - and you'd think that with a base as good as this, GNOME 3 would build upon it. Instead, and the GNOME team should be commended for this, they decided to more or less start from scratch (UI-wise) and try and come up with something new and fresh."

They'll get no praise from me. It's kind of sad that the project seems to be so fucked right now, but they dug their own grave. Now either they'll be able to somehow weasel their way out of it, or they'll perish. If they didn't release such a crap environment as the "successor" to a well respected one, this wouldn't have happened... and it's some moron at GNOME that decided to do it, so once again, it's all on them.

I thought KDE4 was bad; no, it was just highly buggy and incomplete, and it's now running circles around its older 4.x versions, but I'm seeing no sign of GNOME making something good out of GNOME 3. Of course, that would involve turning the whole damn thing around, but I doubt that anyone at GNOME would want to suffer such a blow to their ego.

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