Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 23rd Dec 2006 17:45 UTC
X11, Window Managers Apparently, my article a few days ago caused a bigger stir than I had anticipated, not at all unrelated to the fact that my wordings may not have been optimal. So, let me clarify things a bit.
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It all boils down to...
by danieldk on Sat 23rd Dec 2006 18:55 UTC
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2005-11-18

"I see no roadmap for the next major version." Frankly speaking, both articles are not of a good quality. Not having a roadmap for the next major *revolutionary* release is a not a sign of problems. As various reactions to your previous article stated, the thing is that many major opensource projects changed from revolutionary to evolutionary development cycles. It is a sign that the projects have matured. Release engineering is under control, and most of the infrastructure is working well. At least try to counter or acknowledge these arguments.

Sticking a pretentious "Has the Desktop Linux Bubble Burst?" on an article does not make it a good article. Good arguments do. So far we have not seen any arguments besides "there is no roadmap for the next revolutionary version". People have shown that there has been a steady stream of improvements, and that active development has been going on. So, it is your turn once over again, come with *good arguments*. Where is the desktop lacking? Where are the Qt/KDE and GNOME/GTK+2 APIs lacking? What changes are needed to get both desktops forward? That's good journalism.

At any rate I hope everybody has a good Christmas. And don't take my criticism to heavily ;) , it's just my humble opinion.

Edited 2006-12-23 18:57

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RE: It all boils down to...
by LB06 on Sat 23rd Dec 2006 19:18 in reply to "It all boils down to..."
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2005-07-06

Not having a roadmap doesn't really matter, indeed. A roadmap is just some very vague schedule that show when some things may be done.

Having no plan or goals like Thom said, however, is far more severe. A plan is like a strategy. When a certain amount of complexity has been reached (both KDE and Gnome *are* complex), a project needs people who coordinate it, whether you like it or not.

So if there really is no goal or plan set for the future I believe Gnome is a sinking ship. I doubt however, that that really is the case. For example, they still have their philosophy and HIG to give them at least some direction.

And while it may indeed be true that Gnome has no concord innovations on the roadmap like KDE has, I believe that those will appear bottom-up, and be given some structure by the HIG and by their philosophy. Its success however, will largely depend on the people who are at the helm of the project.

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