Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 25th Sep 2007 18:40 UTC
Gnome Ars has reviewed GNOME 2.20. "GNOME 2.20 was officially released last week after six months of development. The new version includes strong incremental improvements that contribute to a better user experience and provide more flexibility and integration opportunities for third-party software developers."
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RE[2]: Mono required
by Wrawrat on Wed 26th Sep 2007 18:57 UTC in reply to "RE: Mono required"
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2005-06-30

In my opinion, the last thing GNOME needs is a new language. I understand the advantages that Vala would bring, but it could deter the occasional contributor from submitting bug fixes or improvement patches. Even though it's close to C#, it's not quite C# and I'm not sure casual developers would bother to learn its quirks. Furthermore, even though Vala generates C code, it's still an additional layer of code interpretation, bringing various bugs, issues, etc.

It wouldn't be so bad if Vala was meant as a general purpose language, but it really looks like "by GNOME, for GNOME", bringing the NIH syndrome to a new level. Without a large userbase, its development could slow down GNOME.

Combined with the new web-oriented direction proposed by Havoc, it looks like the core developers are having fun with a pissing contest or something like that... ;-)

Anyway, my 2.

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