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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LXDE, Enlightenment
by ozonehole on Fri 27th Jul 2012 23:11 UTC
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I'm currently settled on Lubuntu, which is based on LXDE. The only other desktop which might lure me away from it is Enlightenment, which is at its best on Bodhi Linux. Both LXDE and Enlightenment are lean and fast, which suits me since I don't need a lot of eye-candy bloat to slow down performance.

I could happily live without Gnome or KDE. However, the thing that concerns me is the libraries. Gnome is based on GTK, and KDE is based on QT. A whole lot of applications rely on those libraries, so it's important that they be maintained. I do worry that if developers abandon Gnome, nobody will be updating the libraries, and application development may suffer.

We probably don't need two sets of libraries on Linux. Either GTK or QT, either will do, but I have no idea which one is better or more likely to spur developer interest.

Edited 2012-07-27 23:12 UTC

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