Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 26th Feb 2010 12:22 UTC, submitted by kragil
Gnome GNOME hacker Seth Nickell has written a lengthy PDF and accompanying blog post with a number of very interesting ideas for GNOME 3.0. I pondered putting this up on the front page, but since that usually only attracts the "It's not what I'm used to so it sucks"-crowd, I decided to put it up here. Be sure to read the blog post, the PDF, and the comments on the blog post to get the entire picture.
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kragil
Member since:
2006-01-04

I also liked the paper. The ideas are fairly new and fresh and could be really useful. But I think they are still geared towards advanced users (all the craftsman talk)
I want mouse velocity in KDE!!

On the issues you raised: Yes I think Novell wants to push Mono, I don't think RH wants to push Java into Gnome though, but the C++ thing is true.

I really wish they would push Vala with Gnome3.0. Make it the preferred language and built bigger apps in it. C# and Java devs could easily learn Vala and I think C devs will like the higher productivity.

One more thing:
OSnews is cool. While people on Ars/LWN are mostly bickering about the "task pooper" name here on OSnews there are good points in the comments. Submitting was worth it.

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Moochman Member since:
2005-07-06

Agreed about Vala.

C cannot continue to be the answer for the next generation of apps. Writing GObject code in C is a humungous kludge. Vala makes it pretty and elegant again, while using a very Java/C#-similar syntax and adding all kinds of niceties from the C# world like properties. It's just freaking awesome. If Gnome were to start over in Vala, I think the existing developers would not only be much more productive themselves, but they would get a lot more support from third-party contributors as well.

GO VALA!!!

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