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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RE[2]: Priorities?
by david_thomson on Thu 8th Nov 2012 23:55 UTC in reply to "RE: Priorities?"
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I must admit I didn't read the article I was put off by the headline & posted snippet. If that is true then I'm sure it could have been presented in a more mature way. What will *really* kill a community is disrespect & childishness, not API changes. If there is a valid complaint to be made then you don't need superlatives ("rotting", "every turn"), and you don't need to make heated comparisons (microsoft-like). When you add emotion to a discussion like this you lose all respect and therefore you lose your message. (I mean the original author here)

There are plenty of themes available anyway just because there isn't a really nice way to apply them yet doesn't mean that all the developers should be shot and burned seriously programming takes time & effort nothing happens overnight but it doesn't mean it will never happen.

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