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: My thoughts on this . . .
by colin on Sun 10th Oct 2004 08:49 UTC

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.

The fact of the matter is, while the developer pool might not be as big as one might like I have been using Linux since the RH 5.2 days and the DEs have come a loooong way. They might move faster and in a more concentrated direction if everybody could jump on one boat, but then what happens when there's an argument over where the boat is going? A branch, a new project? I believe that choice is a much better strength than dilution is a weakness.

As it stands, neither DE looks ready to die yet, and while some might gripe about GNOME's distibuted, sloppy distribution techniques, and other might gripe about KDE's every-thing-in-15-neat-little-pacakges techniques, there are still plenty of people interested, and with interests in, the technologies being developed.

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.

Choose one and learn to live with it. I did. If this were Windows they'd make the choice easy because Outlook would have the best integration because they are operating under a monopoly (for all intents and purposes, go thunderbird!). Learn to live with the little flaws. Perhaps GNU/Linux's greatest errors is in making people believe in a utopia.