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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Well
by peteo on Fri 27th Jul 2012 14:20 UTC
peteo
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2011-10-05

Choice is good, but when it comes to Linux succeeding, it needs ONE GOOD face. I don't care what it is as long as it's one, and not metro-like.

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RE: Well
by Netfun81 on Fri 27th Jul 2012 20:15 in reply to "Well"
Netfun81 Member since:
2008-03-25

maybe if your idea of success is market share. However, the reason I prefer using Linux over osx and windows is that I can choose my desktop gui. If I want a lighter and faster desktop I can choose openbox, dwm, or another window manger. If I want something more feature packed and heavier I can choose xfce, gnome, or KDE. Easy to change at bootup depending on what I want at that time. To me, that is the real strength of Linux and other open OS's - freedom of choice. I think locking into a desktop gui and not allowing the easy change to another would hurt not help GNU/Linux.

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RE[2]: Well
by zima on Wed 1st Aug 2012 10:51 in reply to "RE: Well"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

maybe if your idea of success is market share

It is pretty universally accepted idea... plus it brings tons of network effects, feedback loops - making a given OS clearly better than most of its past (and dead) contenders; even if initially it wasn't necessarily so.

If I want a lighter and faster desktop I can choose openbox, dwm, or another window manger. If I want something more feature packed and heavier I can choose xfce, gnome, or KDE. Easy to change at bootup depending on what I want at that time. To me, that is the real strength of Linux and other open OS's - freedom of choice.

And if I want a lighter and faster desktop on Windows I can choose bbLean or LDE(X). If something more fancied out, Emerge or Litestep. Easy to change even after bootup ...you just run a shell you want.
Also, freedom of software choices (Linux software is typically available for Windows, but that's rarer the other way around).

But the point is, it presents widely adopted defaults, which are also quite decent.

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RE: Well
by cdude on Fri 27th Jul 2012 22:37 in reply to "Well"
cdude Member since:
2008-09-21

when it comes to Linux succeeding, it needs ONE GOOD face.


It did already succeed and has that face. Android. Just a matter of time till your have a desktop-optimized version running on your desktop too. More sooner then later.

Edited 2012-07-27 22:38 UTC

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RE[2]: Well
by Lobotomik on Sat 28th Jul 2012 09:48 in reply to "RE: Well"
Lobotomik Member since:
2006-01-03

Amen!

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RE[2]: Well
by BluenoseJake on Sat 28th Jul 2012 19:41 in reply to "RE: Well"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

Then we don't win, Google does.

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