Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 7th Sep 2009 22:38 UTC, submitted by EvilWells
Debian and its clones Developer Frans Pop, author of debtree, posted an article showing the evolution in size of the GNOME desktop environment in recent Debian releases. The picture he paints isn't particularly pretty: the default GNOME install has increased drastically in size over the years.
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RE[5]: Get off my lawn!
by FooBarWidget on Fri 11th Sep 2009 08:32 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Get off my lawn!"
FooBarWidget
Member since:
2005-11-11

Yes, in fact, it is that hard. I absolutely can't understand why anyone would want their desktop to be unusable and why they would care to micro-manage things like device nodes. I want my computer to Just Work so that I can get things done, instead of fiddling all day with configuration files and obscure commands.

People like you are exactly what's keeping Linux behind on the desktop.
"Developer> hm, XXX sucks, why do I have to do this? let's make it easier
You> NOOO! BLOAT! DO NOT WANT!
Developer> okay, since users are protesting so much I'll leave it be."
[...nothing ever changes and the system remains in its 1960s state...]

I'm glad that a lot of developers are sensible enough to ignore people like you.

Edited 2009-09-11 08:33 UTC

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RE[6]: Get off my lawn!
by strcpy on Fri 11th Sep 2009 09:01 in reply to "RE[5]: Get off my lawn!"
strcpy Member since:
2009-05-20

Mind you, a lot of us who have that "old man smell" are exactly the people who are writing software for you.

Oh, the ungrateful Linux youth.

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RE[7]: Get off my lawn!
by FooBarWidget on Fri 11th Sep 2009 11:37 in reply to "RE[6]: Get off my lawn!"
FooBarWidget Member since:
2005-11-11

Writing the software for me? Ungrateful youth? How funny, because I'm a programmer myself and I strive to make my software as easy to use as possible for my users. Even if that means I have to spend several more hours to make something just a little more easier to use. In fact, my attempts to contribute to Linux desktop usability is usually undermined by overly conservative people like you.

Old man.

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