Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th Mar 2008 23:32 UTC, submitted by irbis
Gnome GNOME 2.22 isn't officially released yet, but here's a first look already. "Every six months, the GNOME team prepares a new and revolutionary release of the ever popular GNOME desktop environment. Today, we are proud to introduce you to the latest and greatest features of an 100% FREE and open source desktop. Whether you are on a Solaris machine or the latest Ubuntu distribution, GNOME is there and with every new release it makes your life... Simply Beautiful! Let's have a look at the new features of GNOME 2.22."
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Word choice?
by Roguelazer on Wed 12th Mar 2008 00:00 UTC
Roguelazer
Member since:
2005-06-29

I like Gnome and all (although I'm a wmii user nowadays), but I think "revolutionary" is a bit of overly-strong word choice. Yes, I know, you were just quoting the article. But, still, does the front page of OSnews really need to read like an overhyped ad?

(yes, I do still exist as a commenter. woo.)

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RE: Word choice?
by kaiwai on Wed 12th Mar 2008 00:16 in reply to "Word choice?"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

I like Gnome and all (although I'm a wmii user nowadays), but I think "revolutionary" is a bit of overly-strong word choice. Yes, I know, you were just quoting the article. But, still, does the front page of OSnews really need to read like an overhyped ad?

(yes, I do still exist as a commenter. woo.)


I second that; when reading it felt more like a marketing blurb than an introduction to GNOME 2.22 - then again, I guess the article was never designed for cynical people like myself ;)

With that being said, I do believe that over hyping, although provides coverage, does have the risk of back firing. We only need to look at Leopard and the '300 features' promised, or the 'Windows Vista Ultimate' and the 'exclusive extras' that too were promised.

I do hope that opensource projects and journalists learn from past mistakes before they (either one of them) make pronouncements like 'revolution' in the future.

Edited 2008-03-12 00:17 UTC

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v RE: Word choice?
by Eugenia on Wed 12th Mar 2008 01:48 in reply to "Word choice?"
RE[2]: Word choice?
by chicklin on Wed 12th Mar 2008 02:49 in reply to "RE: Word choice?"
chicklin Member since:
2006-01-05

Are you blind?

"Yes, I know, you were just quoting the article."

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RE[2]: Word choice?
by lindkvis on Wed 12th Mar 2008 13:07 in reply to "RE: Word choice?"
lindkvis Member since:
2006-11-21

"Are you blind, or can't you see that the text that says the word "revolutionary" is in italics and quoted?"

This is a very hostile response which is completely uncalled for. Sometimes people discuss the linked article here instead of your presentation of it.

But even if the commenter had blamed you, do you really think this is a good and professional way to respond to your readers?

I think the parent deserves an apology for this ridiculous, unprofessional outburst.

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RE[2]: Word choice?
by Armeck on Thu 13th Mar 2008 02:20 in reply to "RE: Word choice?"
Armeck Member since:
2005-12-17

I have been a reader of OSnews for a long time now, even "knew" you back from BeNews days. I think this is it however. You spout off shit all the time as if this is still some hobby site without even the slightest thought toward professionalism. I am sure you won't really give a shit, but I won't be coming back here again.

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RE: Word choice?
by yahya on Wed 12th Mar 2008 06:53 in reply to "Word choice?"
yahya Member since:
2007-03-29

I like Gnome and all (although I'm a wmii user nowadays), but I think "revolutionary" is a bit of overly-strong word choice.


Yes. "evolutionary" would have been more appropriate, as this has been the GNOME path of development ever since GNOME 2.0.0, but if we would compare GNOME 2.0.0 to GNOME 2.22 now, we would see that it has come a long way, and that it feels like a completely different desktop nowadays, even though the technical foundations are still largely the same.

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