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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He was talking about the attitude that is was okay to break APIs, is prevalent because of Linus.

He totally misunderstood that, which is probably why he doesn't understand a lot of things. To blame his mistakes and that of others on the kernel just shows how little he understands.

Linus has no qualms about breaking APIs within the kernel, but what the kernel did not do was break compatibility with userspace applications - i.e. external interfaces. That's something Linux desktop components have done time and time again.

Edited 2012-11-09 20:25 UTC

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