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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Think about it...
by THE DUDE on Mon 11th Oct 2004 18:59 UTC

If Pat takes 1/3 of his time just fixing what gnome has wrong where it comes to Slackware there are two, and only two possibilities:

(1) Slack is broken.
(2) Gnome is broken.

("Broken" is defined very broadly.)

Everything else works with Slack, I mean *everything*, so I doubt #1 is true; that leaves only #2 to be true. If Slack needs to be tweaked for Gnome, then Gnome should be either:

(A) dropped entirely, or,
(B) installed in default, "broken" configuration only -- then make the end-user fix it if they choose, the documentation, as crappy as that may be, is available.

The only "winning" move for Pat is "A". If he does "B" then he will be shipping a known broken system -- hardly a good thing to tell the buyer.

Pat's decision will force Gnome to get its act together, or Gnome will just give up on Slackware. The former is a good thing for everyone involved, and the later is a bad thing for Gnome.

Thus Gnome will have no choice but to get their act together (i.e.: fix their install methodology.) This is a good thing.

Although KDE isn't that wonderful in itself, it at least works right the first time.