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: Where are those pro-choice KDE users now?
by falonaj on Sun 10th Oct 2004 23:42 UTC

@Lovechild: There are some differences between Bruce excluding KDE and Pat potentially dropping GNOME.

Pat is talking about the broken GNOME build process, not about dropping all GTK applications. Bruce decided that not a single Qt or KDE application may exists within UserLinux.

Pat is wondering how to spend his own time, since Dropline GNOME exists. Bruce declared that the function of UserLinux is to be a "standard" for ISVs, and that he alone decides which packages may be included in the "standard". Several developers were willing to do the work for including KDE and Qt applications in UserLinux, and Bruce showed them the door.

Pat's problem with GNOME is technical: Building GNOME takes one third of his time. Bruce's arguments against KDE were purely political: He is against GPL'ed libraries, because mean ISVs cannot use them freely for non-free software.

The reply to Bruce political arguments have been political. The reply to Pat's technical observations should be technical.