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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by Michael Salivar on Sun 10th Oct 2004 22:29 UTC

Why I choose Slack to play with linux? Because of its simplicity, which amounts to a clear system layout, init system, configuration files, and most importantly: the cleanlyness of the system. (It is not a coincidence that among BSD users, Slackware is the favorite linux distro). What I am trying to say is that you confuse a clean system with a simple interface (UI).

You're right, I was mixing it up. Though I do maintain that usability wise it does fit better with Slack, I don't use Gnome myself so I wouldn't hold up in a debate.

It's funny, the main reason I don't use Gnome is that it makes an absolute mess of the home directory, which is also an example of why it doesn't fit into the Slackware and Arch philosophies. I definitely think there's a conflict, though: usability vs package and filesystem organization (probably overall project organization). Maybe that's why XFCE4 is so popular in Arch.