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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RE: Shame, I like gnome3
by snowbender on Fri 27th Jul 2012 21:20 UTC in reply to "Shame, I like gnome3"
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I've unleashed complete newbies into gnome 3 gui and they didn't skip a beat. gnome 2 gave the same users some pause and took them a while to figure things out.


This hints that gnome 3 is written for complete newbies?

I use linux since 1997. As a window manager in the beginning I used mainly WindowMaker and XFCE3. Then I started using Garnome, which if I remember it right, was a script to build Gnome 2 from trunk. And in any case, I've used Gnome 2 for a very long time.

Since a couple of years, I feel left behind as a faithful linux user. Everything in the linux world lately seems to be targetted at Windows users. Every piece of software seems to be targetted at new inexperienced users. The whole Gnome 3 seems to be targetted at new inexperienced users. Every single piece of software seems to be so dumbed down.

In my eyes, the Gnome developers are targetting a group of people that currently do not, and most likely will not use Gnome. Let me give you a clue: most of those people currently use Windows or OSX and are perfectly happy with those systems. Why would they change? Why would you try to make them change?

The Gnome developers seem to be focussed so much on attracting new users, that they completely ignored the existing user base of experienced linux power users...

Either way.. I switched to XFCE4 in the mean time... which I'm not exactly very happy with, but it works.

Some other people mentioned that some desktop environments have been using methods and idioms that are over 20 years old and that those never changed and that there should be more evolution in the software. Let me tell you this... if those methods and idioms have been in use over the whole world for over 20 years and people are generally happy with those idioms, then it probably means that there must be something good about them.

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