Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 24th Sep 2008 21:47 UTC
Gnome The GNOME project has released GNOME 2.24 today. In case you're new here: "GNOME 2.24 is the latest version of the GNOME Desktop: a popular, multi-platform desktop environment for your computer. GNOME's focus is ease of use, stability, and first class internationalisation and accessibility support. GNOME is Free and Open Source Software and provides all of the common tools computer users expect of a modern computing environment, such as e-mail, groupware, web browsing, file management, multimedia and games. Furthermore, GNOME provides a flexible and powerful platform for software developers, both on the desktop and in mobile applications." GNOME 2.24 comes packed with changes.
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RE: Low blow
by sbergman27 on Wed 24th Sep 2008 22:36 UTC in reply to "Low blow"
sbergman27
Member since:
2005-07-24

Was that really needed?

From an editorial standpoint, it was certainly poor form. Even as a regular comment, it would be of questionable value. Then again, OSNews gets lots of posts of questionable value, and we're used to it. But putting such a comment in the story blurb was just plain tacky.

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RE[2]: Low blow
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 24th Sep 2008 22:41 in reply to "RE: Low blow"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Stop taking software so seriously. It was just an innocent joke.

Up. Lighten. You figure it out.

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RE[3]: Low blow
by sbergman27 on Wed 24th Sep 2008 22:46 in reply to "RE[2]: Low blow"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

Stop taking software so seriously.

I wasn't commenting on software. I was commenting on proper editorial form.

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RE[3]: Low blow
by WereCatf on Wed 24th Sep 2008 22:50 in reply to "RE[2]: Low blow"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Stop taking software so seriously. It was just an innocent joke.

Up. Lighten. You figure it out.


Being an editor on a very popular news site and having done that for a long time you should know already that such a "joke" can be seen as pretty offensive. Open source community is place where feelings and opinions are usually strong (that's the motivation for doing anything, really) so such a stab against a major part of a major DE will draw attention even if it was intended as a joke. It could have atleast been made clearer that it was a joke and not a questional comment about Nautilus's current functionality.

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RE[3]: Low blow
by VistaUser on Wed 24th Sep 2008 22:55 in reply to "RE[2]: Low blow"
VistaUser Member since:
2008-03-08

NEED MOAR SMILEYS ;)

I will be honest and admit I did not realise it was an attempt at humour.

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RE[3]: Low blow
by dagw on Thu 25th Sep 2008 07:46 in reply to "RE[2]: Low blow"
dagw Member since:
2005-07-06

Stop taking software so seriously. It was just an innocent joke.


We're not taking software seriously, we're taking the use and abuse of the written language and the editorial form seriously. I imagine you would have gotten the same comments had you been writing about a poetry anthology or a lawnmower.

It was also an old joke that you've used before. Last time to you used it people called you on it as well and questioned its use. Perhaps you should reconsider.

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RE[3]: Low blow
by diskinetic on Thu 25th Sep 2008 13:04 in reply to "RE[2]: Low blow"
diskinetic Member since:
2005-12-09

Stop taking software so seriously. It was just an innocent joke.

Up. Lighten. You figure it out.


C'mon, if you have to work that hard to justify leaving such a statement in an article, you've got an agenda or an axe to grind. The thought process would resemble, "Okay, Konqueror really twists my happy knobs and I vastly prefer KDE over Gnome, but if I throw this in there even as an editorial aside, my bias will be evident and I'll lose the credibility issue... I know! I'll bracket it in an obvious bold JOKE warning! That way, I get to state my bias, and anyone who "doesn't get it" will be called out as a humorless idiot!"

It should have been left out, or owned up to as bias. As is, it's a passive-aggressive coward's move.

Edited 2008-09-25 13:05 UTC

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