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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re: Don't blame GNOME for the problems.
by rds on Sun 10th Oct 2004 07:49 UTC

That's nothing but passing the buck. Mind pointing me to a build-list on the GNOME site? Or a dependancies list? GNOME is roughtly 20+ libraries, many of which depend on others being compiled in a set order or they exhibit odd, unpredictable behavior. (Or at least did; last I tried was around 2.6)

One of the main reasons I didn't like GNOME when I used it is that making sure I had all the dependancies when compiling was usually "configure and see if it's OK." And after that I'd have things randomly break because I compiled them in the wrong order. jhbuild and garome fix this for end users who doesn't mind giving total control of their systems to GNOME, but comes at the cost of any revision control or OS-specific packaging. And correct me if I'm wrong, but both pull the CVS version, which just is not acceptable.

Most big packages are hard to install, but the GNOME team sure goes out of their way to make sure it stays hard to install.