Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Mar 2009 18:43 UTC, submitted by elsewhere
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y Any discussion about GNOME vs. KDE is sure to end in tears. It's basically impossible to discuss which of these two Free desktop environments is better than the other, mostly because they cater to different types of people, with different needs and expectatotions. As such, Bruce Byfield decided to look at the two platforms from a different perspective: if we consider their developmental processes, which of the two is most likely to be more successful in the coming years?
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RE[3]: I don't think so
by segedunum on Wed 1st Apr 2009 09:28 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: I don't think so"
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Well that's actually a good thing IMO. Why depend on the huge kdelibs components when you only need, e.g. sound functionality.

The problem is that applications generally need to get functionality from many different sources (look at the dependency list of an average application), all those libraries look and program differently, and as with brain damage like libegg and libsexy, you get developers depending on different versions of libraries or even copying and pasting code into their application to get what they want and to top it off they all look different to program for.

Like I said.

Especially for a developer, why should I choose a framework which limits my application to essentially only one desktop (see my comments earlier).

Do you really think that's what you're protecting yourself from on a practical level? You're pretty deluded if that's what you think. Writing for Gnome's fifteen dozen libraries does not turn your application into a multi-desktop one I'm afraid.

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