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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My thoughts on this...
by Eu on Sun 10th Oct 2004 08:22 UTC

Pat is doing the right thing. Slackware will benefit greatly from the consistency of only offering one desktop environment. Quality assurance will also improve as he has to maintain a smaller set of packages.

Slackware appeals to the DIY-crowd, so I am sure that if some of them want to build it on their own, they will find a way to do so. In doing so, I suspect hey may reach the same concluions that Pat has reached.

I think the creation of training materials will benefit a great deal when all major distributions focus on one DE.

KDE: Slackware, Linspire, Xandros, Lycoris, Mandrake (offers both Gnome and KDE, but KDE is default) Arklinux.

Novell provides both KDE and Gnome and will continue to do so into the future for at least the next two years. Red Hat provides KDE but as a second thought. SUN's JDE is based on Gnome.

Debian is what you want it to be.

If people could set aside their ego, this issue could have been solved a long time ago. As is, it is one of the biggest strengths and one of the biggest problems holding back wider Linux adoption because even if I don't believe that there is such a thing as too much choice, development resources are too thin right now.

I am in the process on deciding which will be the default mail client in a Linux installation. Kontact does certain things better than evolution and evolution does certain things better than Kontact. If the teams could be thrown into the same room, we may have a chance to get the best mail client yet.

I find that KDE makes for a far easier transition from Windows for most users. If both Gnome and KDE do the infrastructure work jointly and have a common sound server, common HAL and DBUS, common menus, etc, then I can live with the slight inconsistencies of having two desktops.