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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Lo and Behold, competition is good! :-)
by Dewd on Mon 11th Oct 2004 00:20 UTC

It's amazing. Let me repeat it: it's amazing!
How come we don't get excited by such a dispute between these two wonderful desktop environments?
We can't know all the forces behind one or the other. We don't know their motivations. We only know that we use one or the other very well, and wish everybody used the same. How ingenuous of us.
The supporting libraries of both are important for the desktop, because they both are needed by programs, some of which we've never heard of, so we can't be sure if we would like to use them or not.
It's not about indecision, but rather about balancing of forces, and support for the development of next generation applications, which could use one or the other, depending on the need of the developers.
If we believe that broadband will ever be ubiquitous, then we have to let these two live, because in the future, without the limitations of slow network or CDs, we could really enjoy what we don't even know yet. :-)