Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 10th Mar 2011 12:59 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y If you were, you know, living your lives, you've probably missed it, but old fires are burning brightly once again: there's somewhat of a falling-out going on between KDE and GNOME, with Canonical siding squarely with... KDE. The issue seems to revolve around GNOME's lack of collaboration, as explained by KDE's Aaron Seigo.
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RE: Gnome is not wrong.
by segedunum on Fri 11th Mar 2011 22:56 UTC in reply to "Gnome is not wrong."
segedunum
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2005-07-06

It certainly is Gnome's prerogative not to use what the developers don't want to use, but what has been really distasteful over the years is when Gnome has come up with it's own solutions to things, shoved them on Free Desktop and portrayed them as FD 'standards' (when in reality they serve their own agenda) with no consultation or work with anyone else. Mostly they just ouright pass the work of others as their own. The Tango icon spec many moons ago was a good example. It was actually a KDE contributed spec that was dressed by by other people as something different.

Gnome simply starts from a default position of "If you're compatible with us and use our libraries then you're cross desktop friendly", and that's the way things are constantly portrayed.

I've certainly been pointing out this for years but it all gets portrayed as trolling and those around Gnome have all tried to weasel out of it by portraying it all as a 'misunderstanding' and that it's somehow all everyone's fault. I suppose it's taken this long for it all to come to a head.

There is something deeply endemic and rotten in the Gnome project because the faces have steadily changed over the years but the attitudes have remained oddly familiar. It's an attitude of being deeply protectionist, close minded and scared of anything that might be better than what they've come up with. However, the disturbing thing is that they routinely try and weasel out of that by telling people they have misunderstood, things haven't been discussed when they have as Jon McCann did and just plain sticking to a story that isn't true.

Gnome is a project with an endemic mental disease, put simply.

Mark Shuttleworth will probably be wishing he had just gone with KDE all those years ago and had a positive effect and relationship there. It might be too late for him and his company now.

Edited 2011-03-11 22:57 UTC

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