Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Jan 2007 02:53 UTC, submitted by spectator
Xfce After more than two years of development, Xfce 4.4.0 has just been released. Xfce 4.4 features new tools such as the much awaited Thunar file manager as well as several improvements in its core components. Benedikt Meurer had also prepared a tour for the newcomers.
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RE[2]: w00t
by xerverius on Mon 22nd Jan 2007 09:35 UTC in reply to "RE: w00t"
xerverius
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2005-07-06

"...but they might be a little late to the party."

Keep in mind that the number of developers working on Xfce is ~15 people (active). I guess the number of people working on Gnome/KDE is a bit more.

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RE[3]: w00t
by butters on Tue 23rd Jan 2007 17:47 in reply to "RE[2]: w00t"
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2005-07-08

The number of active developers for any given OSS project is some relatively small fraction of its total number of users. This is perhaps the only force in the free software community that leads to consolidation of effort, the lack of which is a common criticism of our development culture.

Eventually the independent spirit of small projects gives way to the realization that the big guys have an advantage in development resources that cannot be overcome by their projects' unique merits (whatever they might be).

If this wasn't free software, and if users or ideas weren't permitted to freely move from one project to the next, then this theory might impose barriers to innovation. But as we have seen, ideas move between projects just as easily as do users, creating a situation where the best ideas consolidate in the projects with the most users. I think we can agree that this is a very fortunate outcome of the free software community.

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