Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 15th Jan 2005 02:09 UTC, submitted by Paul Best
Slackware, Slax On a recent IRC discussion Pat discussed Slackware's future and the restructuring that will happen for Slackware 11. Regarding the removal of Gnome from Slackware, he said: "GNOME is not easy to build into packages, lacks decent documentation to build, and requires many undocumented system changes for things to work 100%".
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RE: blah
by Err on Sat 15th Jan 2005 22:29 UTC

Personally, I think it's a cop out - if you can expend the time and energy to package one of the monstrosities known as kde/gnome, you can spend time with the other.

There is a HUGE difference between KDE and GNOME in terms of packaging.

KDE has far less source packages than GNOME, and they are all available in the same place. Tracking changes and stability across the multitude of GNOME packages is likely to prove a nightmare for anyone.

This makes it much easier to build and track changes for a KDE system than a GNOME system. If there are just a few people working on these core packages then it makes perfect sense to concentrate efforts on one rather than the other.