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: Don't blame GNOME for the problems.
by sunnus on Mon 11th Oct 2004 16:25 UTC

> The problems building and maintaining GNOME on just about > any Linux distro out there extends from the fact that
> there is no set standard of how a Linux system should be > > constructed. Every independent Linux distro has an almost > completely different set of config files with an almost > > completely different syntax. You can't find 2 independent > Linux distros that have the exact same set of libraries in > the exact same places with the exact same minor or even
> major version. Until there is unity into what goes into a > Linux distribution's core and how it's put there, you're
> going to run into these kinds of problems. In fact, I'm
> wlling to bet the problem is going to get worse as time
> goes on. It all extends to the fact that Linux as an OS is
> a gigantic hodgepodge of componentry and nobody is
> communicating with each other as a consortium to make
> standards. We have to leave it up to the poor saps that
> build our so called Linux "distros" to pick up all the
> pieces, figure out how they all go together, and see if
> they all play nice with one another. Is this any way to
> build an OS?


Eh em. Sounds like the UNix days of late 1980' early 1990's to me. It's called fragmentation.

It's a force that's tough to deal with, and as it turns out, Linux is even more susceptible to it that propreitary UNIX is or ever was.

Good luck.