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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A Few Points
by enloop on Sun 10th Oct 2004 11:47 UTC

Just a few points:

1) I've never been able to successfully build any version of Gnome on Slackware. Any approach requires much trolling of the web to locate and build dependencies that are mentioned nowhere in either the Gnome or the build tool's documentation. Both jhbuild and Garnome include bootsrapping capabilities that purport to install all needed dependencies. But, they don't. Beyond that, both systems fail for me as a result of simple coding errors. That's a bit understandable for jhbuild, which pulls from CVS, but not for Garnome, which pulls tar files from a static repository.

2) The flipside of Slackware's beloved reluctance to tinker with the source of the software it includes is the reality that it is supportd by one person who, almost certainly, lacks the time to do much more. So, as someone who really likes Gnome and really doesn't like KDE, I'm disappointed that Pat V. may drop Gnome. But, I understand his reasons, and they are legitimate.

3. Too many open source developers and users excuse the lack of adherance to standards by mouthing "Choice is good". Choice doesn't exist if you can't get the damn thing to build or install.