Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th May 2011 18:59 UTC, submitted by fran
Gnome Something's - once again - brewing within the GNOME project. While a mere suggestion for now, and by no means any form of official policy, influential voices within the GNOME project are arguing that GNOME should become a full-fledged Linux-based operating system, and that the desktop environment should drop support for other operating systems such as Solaris and the BSDs. I have a feeling this isn't going to go down well with many of our readers.
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RE: Sad but inevitable
by l3v1 on Fri 20th May 2011 05:35 UTC in reply to "Sad but inevitable"
l3v1
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2005-07-06

What about the whole freedom/open/whatnot righteous ideas that are supposed to be part of the FOSS movement?


Well, freedom also means you are free to decide to support only one kernel, or only one OS, and it doesn't mean creating free software to suit everybody&dog's wishes.

Me, I don't really care how they decide. GNOME OS would essentially still be Linux as we know it, just with a specific subset of current technologies, maybe having the change to become better because of the narrower field of concentration for development. They stay, everything will remain as it is now, they move, things will change but we'll have another option of a tailored Linux OS.

Of course some people might feel left behind, using other kernels, toolchains, etc., but hey, there are still quite a number of desktop enviroments out there. It's not like they would take away all your options.

And again, you are free to fork the current Gnome and go ahead from there.

Again, remember, it's free software, and while you can have opinions on how some project goes, in the end, it's not up to you to demand or decide anything. Be happy that those people provide you with free and nice alternatives and possibilities for choice. Simple as that. On a sidenote, I never could understand regular users revolting when their demands (ridiculous in itself) don't get attended to.

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RE[2]: Sad but inevitable
by r_a_trip on Fri 20th May 2011 09:05 in reply to "RE: Sad but inevitable"
r_a_trip Member since:
2005-07-06

On a sidenote, I never could understand regular users revolting when their demands (ridiculous in itself) don't get attended to.

Well, end users are the weakest group decision wise with any technology, so demands is just a tad exaggerated. Let's call them strongly vocalized wishes.

The only power an end user has with any technology is choosing to use it or not. Whenever there are rumblings around considerable changes, it is the current userbase making clear that the current course of the technology is a strong reason to consider dropping it. It is up to the project to decide if they want to hang on to the current userbase or not.

So revolting is also a severe exaggeration. The "worst" an end user can do is abandon a technology if it doesn't suit the needs anymore. It's not like end users have forcefully removed project leaders if they didn't like their decisions.

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