Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 10th Oct 2004 05:47 UTC, submitted by Andrew
Slackware, Slax This is a message from Patrick Volkerding in regards to his thoughts on Gnome and Slackware. It was originally posted on the Dropline Gnome Forum. Editor's note: Pat has made similar comments to me as well regarding Gnome's bugs and maintainance problems.
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Don't blame GNOME for the problems.
by Sean on Sun 10th Oct 2004 06:30 UTC

The problems building and maintaining GNOME on just about any Linux distro out there extends from the fact that there is no set standard of how a Linux system should be constructed. Every independent Linux distro has an almost completely different set of config files with an almost completely different syntax. You can't find 2 independent Linux distros that have the exact same set of libraries in the exact same places with the exact same minor or even major version. Until there is unity into what goes into a Linux distribution's core and how it's put there, you're going to run into these kinds of problems. In fact, I'm willing to bet the problem is going to get worse as time goes on. It all extends to the fact that Linux as an OS is a gigantic hodgepodge of componentry and nobody is communicating with each other as a consortium to make standards. We have to leave it up to the poor saps that build our so called Linux "distros" to pick up all the pieces, figure out how they all go together, and see if they all play nice with one another. Is this any way to build an OS?