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]: Well
by zima on Wed 1st Aug 2012 10:51 UTC in reply to "RE: Well"
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maybe if your idea of success is market share

It is pretty universally accepted idea... plus it brings tons of network effects, feedback loops - making a given OS clearly better than most of its past (and dead) contenders; even if initially it wasn't necessarily so.

If I want a lighter and faster desktop I can choose openbox, dwm, or another window manger. If I want something more feature packed and heavier I can choose xfce, gnome, or KDE. Easy to change at bootup depending on what I want at that time. To me, that is the real strength of Linux and other open OS's - freedom of choice.

And if I want a lighter and faster desktop on Windows I can choose bbLean or LDE(X). If something more fancied out, Emerge or Litestep. Easy to change even after bootup just run a shell you want.
Also, freedom of software choices (Linux software is typically available for Windows, but that's rarer the other way around).

But the point is, it presents widely adopted defaults, which are also quite decent.

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