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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Average user
by fretinator on Fri 27th Jul 2012 19:38 UTC
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Even though I've been using Linux as my main OS since the mid-90's (the Slackware floppies!), I think I am an average user in this scenario. After the early days, when getting X working at all was a challenge (xf86config was my friend), I settled on Gnome, first with Redhat, then with Ubuntu. I even used Gnome on Suse, even though KDE was their main desktop.

However, both Unity and Gnome3 just drive me nuts. It seems like way too much work to get anything done. If it doesn't seem that way to you, then YAY and extra puppies for you! Therefore, I have settled into Mint with Cinnamon. It's just a saner desktop FOR ME.

I also don't like Metro on Windows 8. Why in the world with all the progress we've made would I want to go back to full-screen apps. Not! However, on smaller devices, it's a different story. On tablets, Windows 8 makes sense. On my Netbook, Unity makes sense. It makes effective use of the limited space. But on my desktop of full laptop, there isn't going to be any Metro, Unity, etc.

You can call us old, cranky, inflexible, or any other perjorative. That's OK. But I certainly don't feel bad about the dwindling numbers in Gnome. You really didn't want our input on this. So feel free to ignore this one also.

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