Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 8th Nov 2012 20:54 UTC, submitted by Elv13
Gnome "Theme development is a tedious and difficult task, and for the GTK devs to be so careless in breaking their API at every turn disrespects the many hours people put into making themes for it. [...] I was given to believe that this breakage stems from a Microsoft-like climate of preventing users from customizing their systems, and deliberately breaking the work of others so that your 'brand' is the best. Anytime I hear the word 'brand' being used in Linux, I know something valuable is being poisoned." I find the tone of this one a bit too harsh and overly negative at times, but his point still stands.
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gsyoungblood
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2007-01-09

It's not just Gnome, it's Ubuntu with Linux. In some cases it's the Linux kernel too.

I grew tired of "updates" breaking things and having to spend days "tweaking" things after an upgrade or in some cases a just major updates.

With Solaris/OpenSolaris, with rare exception, I was able to update and upgrade more or less with impunity. And programs kept working.

With Mac, at least until Lion, upgrades weren't as in-your-face with required work flow changes (i'm pointing at changing scroll direction defaults, for example) most of the time.

At this point my primary get work done environment is Mac for one very simple reason: I turn it on and can be productive. I don't have to tweak things practically every week like those I work with on Linux. I dislike the direction Apple is going as a company, so I am looking at options again - vote with my wallet - but until I find a similarly productive environment I'm sticking with my Mac for better or worse. This ability to be productive was critical when I was working for myself - it meant virtually no non-billable time due to screwed up systems requiring tweaks or fixes just to be able to work reliably.

Sure, the main thing that drove me away from Linux on the desktop is squarely at the feet of Ubuntu. An update seriously borked my system and because my system wasn't "new enough" it wasn't considered a real bug. At that point I looked into options and landed on Solaris, and then later Mac. I've been much happier. Tweaking my environment now is because I want to, not because I have to; it's on my schedule and not whenever something breaks.

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