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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The desktop is only a mean, not an end
by another_sam on Fri 27th Jul 2012 21:24 UTC
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I want the desktop to access folders and files. To configure my printer. To configure my wifi. And that's about it. The rest of the time the desktop should simply get out of the way.

Wrong reactions from a desktop:

- User: Load yourself.
- Desktop: Give me 800 MB of RAM.

- User: Open this folder.
- Desktop: Let me make a cute animation before, that will eat your battery and make you wait a little bit more.

- User: Delete this file.
- Desktop: Your current virtual user is not the same as the one that owns this file, and I don't know whether you know her password, and I won't ask you for it either. Instead I'll let you know that "You don't have permission to delete this file".

- User: (Decides to type a shortcut but in the process she hesitates, so she) presses the "Alt" key without actually pressing a second key.
- Desktop: Let me take the focus of your app and put it on a unwanted box that, by the way, won't give you access to bookmarks nor files but to the configuration of your screensaver and other utterly irrelevant things.

Now I use LXDE. The best desktop I've used is GNOME 2.32. I think it would be a good idea to release GNOME 2.34 being basically the GNOME 2.32 experience with the GNOME 3 technology.

Edited 2012-07-27 21:30 UTC

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