Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th Jul 2012 12:41 UTC
Gnome Honest question. Do you think the GNOME project is as healthy today as it was, say, 4 years ago? Benjamin Otte explains that no, it isn't. GNOME lacks developers, goals, mindshare and users. The situation as he describes it, is a lot more dire than I personally thought.
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Comment by drcouzelis
by drcouzelis on Fri 27th Jul 2012 13:44 UTC
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2010-01-11

Anecdotal or no, such numbers do not bode well when you take the sheer size of the GNOME project into account. This is not a project that can be succesfully developed by a handful of developers - it needs more than that.

This is the saddest part in my opinion. GNOME is no longer a collection of "programs that do one thing and do it well". Whether it's true or not, GNOME applications feel like they have tight coupling, which would make it hard for a new developer to contribute.

GNOME shouldn't be concerned with getting more developers to work on "GNOME". Instead, it should be a few people contributing to the small sections that interest them. If no one is interested in working on them, then they fade away or get replaced by something better. If being so tightly integrated with all of GNOME makes this very hard, then people will just not want to do anything with it.

Does that make sense, or am misunderstanding the GNOME project?

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RE: Comment by drcouzelis
by AnXa on Fri 27th Jul 2012 13:52 in reply to "Comment by drcouzelis"
AnXa Member since:
2008-02-10

I have to agree with you. I also liked the design ideology that one Gnome application did only one thing and it did it well. Since Gnome 2 things have been going into direction they shouldn't have gone in the first place.

But Gnome project needs more flexible management and less obscure copy design from other desktop environments. And instead of going the route of follower they should be showing the way others should go to. They need capable desktop designers and they need to concentrate on issues. But they kind of did lead a way with the Gnome 3 being kind of tablet friendly.

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RE[2]: Comment by drcouzelis
by cdude on Fri 27th Jul 2012 22:25 in reply to "RE: Comment by drcouzelis"
cdude Member since:
2008-09-21

I also liked the design ideology that one Gnome application did only one thing and it did it well.


That's the Unix design ideology and you can find it everywhere on your Linux down and up the stack. On the commandline, in your Webbrowser and on your desktop may it be KDE, XFCE or LXDE.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unix_philosophy#McIlroy:_A_Quarter_Cen...

And instead of going the route of follower they should be showing the way others should go to.


At least they are showing the way others should NOT go to. Its just to late since Microsoft Windows 8 is RTM already.

Edited 2012-07-27 22:27 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by drcouzelis
by zima on Fri 3rd Aug 2012 23:55 in reply to "RE: Comment by drcouzelis"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

I also liked the design ideology that one Gnome application did only one thing and it did it well.

Putting aside the delusions of the other reply to your post (because no, *nix didn't manage to stay very true to its original philosophy; we even had an news piece about it not a long time ago http://www.osnews.com/story/26000/Unix_doesn_t_follow_the_Unix_phil... ) - LXDE (and the applications it ships with & ~promotes) mostly manages to stay like that, so far.

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