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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it could mean good things for Gnome
by Michael Salivar on Sun 10th Oct 2004 10:49 UTC

Personally I don't like DE's, though I am installing an Arch/Gnome desktop for my parents as we speak. I do this because Gnome seems much easier to use for your truly average user, while KDE seems better for your typical (Windows) power user. To anyone who wants Linux to have only one major DE, I'd love to see your plan to make these two, and all other DE-using groups happy. I'll expect it on my desk first thing Monday morning. Don't forget XFCE and potential Enlightenment DR17 users.

Patrick is certainly entitled to do whatever he wants with his distribution, though I have to think that Gnome and XFCE fit better with the overall Slackware philosophy. I didn't know he was a KDE user, and I have to say I'm a bit surprised. I half suspected Rat Poison ;)

Like I said, though, this really could mean good things for Gnome. First they have GoneME (sp?), and now a large and previously DE agnostic distribution considering dropping them. Either this is going to provide a wake up call for the developers, or give GoneME or another fork some backing. In my opinion, it's about time they fully realize there are packagers between them and the users, and they deserve some development focus. It can't be all about making their own lives easier if they want Gnome to continue as a viable option.