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: Why make politics?
by Anil Wang on Sun 10th Oct 2004 20:07 UTC

> ....and *most* of the bug reports I get have something to
> do with GNOME...

Actually, there's a good reason for this. GNOME tries to make many *small* reusable libraries that can be used independently of GNOME, and because of this modularity, many non-GNOME applications use these libraries. If you remove GNOME, you have two choices. You could get rid of all these libraries. If you do this, you lose all the non-GNOME applications. You can also choose to get rid of the GNOME desktop and leave the libraries. The GNOME desktop is a small part of the GNOME libraries and with each new version, the desktop layer is becoming smaller and smaller. Because of this you wouldn't be reducing the bug reports dramatically -- you'd just be removing a couple of configuration utilities and a few applications.