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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Web apps
by vivainio on Fri 27th Jul 2012 18:26 UTC
vivainio
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2008-12-26

There was a similar public setback for KDE recently:

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTEyNzI

(Dolphin developer quits).

I believe these developers are losing interest because the OS is becoming more ephemeral - it doesn't matter much what OS you use, you get a similar experience (that is, the web).

The way forward will likely be a shift towards improving the web application experience; Ubuntu already took steps towards this.

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RE: Web apps
by moondevil on Fri 27th Jul 2012 19:49 in reply to "Web apps"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

I believe these developers are losing interest because the OS is becoming more ephemeral - it doesn't matter much what OS you use, you get a similar experience (that is, the web).


Actually for me, the OS stopped to matter when I switched full time to JVM/CLR based development.

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Paulo

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RE[2]: Web apps
by vivainio on Fri 27th Jul 2012 20:28 in reply to "RE: Web apps"
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

If you don't do UI, the OS hasn't mattered in 10 years (posix, stdc++ etc).

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RE: Web apps
by cdude on Fri 27th Jul 2012 22:55 in reply to "Web apps"
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2008-09-21

There was a similar public setback for KDE recently


Not even close to. Developers come and go. The fluctuation rate is rather high in FLOSS project. As long as number of developers leaving and joining keeps in balance or even grows everything is fine. Dolphin was started by one guy who left now after years of years. But in the time Dolphin got a bunch of new active developers which continue. Some only joined recently. That is grow not decline.

It is actually a very health signal when the inventor, the initiator of a project leaves and the project continues cause other developers can and do take over.

Edited 2012-07-27 23:01 UTC

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