Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 2nd Apr 2009 16:12 UTC, submitted by Rahul
Gnome Only a few days ago, we ran an article on the future of KDE and GNOME, and which of the two had the brighter future based on their developmental processes. Barely has that discussion ended, or the GNOME engineering team comes with a pretty daunting plan to introduce a fairly massive reworking of the GNOME interface for GNOME 3.0 (2.30). Read on for the details.
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by moleskine on Thu 2nd Apr 2009 21:01 UTC
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You can have the best technology in the world but without happy users you have zilch, and soon you'll have no users anyway. I think we are spoiled for choice on Linux with the amount of new development and new ideas coming on stream, but as always the key is going to be presenting an environment that users can get on with. They want to concentrate on running their apps and not the computer (which should take care of its own stuff) and they don't want to sacrifice functionality just because it's Linux or Gnome or Windows or KDE or whatever. Given the slow but steady progress of online apps which bypass such restrictions, any platform which tries the old "Oh, we don't do that one here" is surely doomed.

If Gnome hits this with version 3 then great, and ditto KDE with the 4.x series. We'll see. The important thing, I think, lies in never forgetting that appealing primarily to developers or Linux cognoscenti is appealing to a niche within a niche and it simply won't fly. Users want all their stuff - from cameras or mobiles to spreadsheets or Facebook - and they want it working fully and with no Byzantine config required. It'll be interesting to see what their respective user numbers are in, say, 2-3 years.

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