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: Lovechild
by csabimano on Sun 10th Oct 2004 23:14 UTC

That was a different case. Bruce Perens made a political decision imho, while Pat is making a technical one. And I have written off Bruce Perens as a man of integrity since that incident, for he knows damn well what is the difference between royalty and licencing, and yet he choose to defend his position of dropping KDE with the argument of 'wanting a royalty free' development platform.

As for me, I don't care if GNOME is included in a distro or not. I'm happy for my fellow FreeBSD users who prefer gnome (there are many). I also have great respect for the gnome@freebsd folks, for I only heard good things about them. Problem here is that there is no good gnome@slackware folks, but one developer who is tired of spending a total of 1/3 of the time spent on the distro for the sake of one DE.

So how should I stand up for GNOME support in this particular case? I already said this: the solution is to have some volunteers who would maintain gnome for slackware (or help dropline or whatever), or better, persuade the GNOME project to make their DE more maintainable. What else do you think should be done? Petition pat to keep on struggling with the massive amount of work involving building GNOME (not to mention the massive amount of bugreports?) Would you do that? I won't...