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[2]: gnome3 and unity.
by dsmogor on Sat 28th Jul 2012 22:57 UTC in reply to "RE: gnome3 and unity."
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Nice rant, but I can't agree with most of it.
Unix programming (and philosophy) have not attempted to produce anything significant on the GUI/productivity front. It's best in network services and HPC but the computing world have long moved forward from these basic concepts in the last 30 years.
Unix desktops are unusable by today standards.

You miss DEs that are not slavishly trailing Windows / Apple lead and look their own ways. There's plenty of them (e.g. GnuStep, E17), and they have their loyal following (that's as you admitted is enough to sustain them). But they are still the minority after years.

I second the OpenDoc argument. A huge missed opportunity by IBM, who could donate it do community 15 years ago, letting talented people like Miguel de Icaza to focus on writing functionality people actually care about.

About killing Gnome: as said not much would be saved by it as they don't have much contributions anyway. Besides you largely miss the political and philosophical factors. Gnome vs. KDE was always somehow US approach vs European approach fight. You can't assume the same people would easily switch sides and support the other one. Besides, you can't have Unity w/o Gnome anyway.


My comment to the situation, Linux users want a tweak-ability and choice but few on the realize that every choice increases support complexity and testing exponentially. There's simply not enough people in the community (and living in the planet earth for that matter) to test and polish all the combinations these people demand available.

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