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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I don't blame him
by Nocain on Sun 10th Oct 2004 21:52 UTC

Look here is what I will say,

I was able to build KDE from scratch my first attempt, hade to back off maybe one time and that was due to a simple error on my behalf

Gnome took me 6 attempts to get the thing to build.

quite some time ago when both KDE and Gnome started to become just a bloat of mess IMO and no longer did what I wanted them to do, creat an intuitive to me, easy, clean, quick, desktop, I quit installing them all the way, instead I just install the basics to enable me to run some apps that requier them.

I can do this with KDE while watching Star Wars at 2 in the morning, hell I have written scripts to handle the entier process. No problems.

Gnome is a friggin nightmare, what order does crap go in, what is needed by apps that depend on it. The process is long and tediouse, just as soon as I think I have it down, a version comes out that screews everything up, I have given up trying to document what is needed or make any sence out of how it works, infact I have for the most part just stopped running any apps that requier gnome at all.

The developers are so out of tune with with one another I can not even understand why any but the total die-hard fan distros or the big distros with many developers, or a developer that works on the Gnome project even bothers to keep this in thier repository