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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Open Source is about freedom of choice, and i can't understand why OSNews publishes such flame-like very personal opinion of one individual.

Gnome 3 is free software, you dont pay for it.
Why do you expect it to be as you want it?
Its exactly like people who put effort in making it want it to be.
You dont like it? Use KDE,LDE,XFCE, ... and stop whining about Gnome 3 dont be what you expect.
Or get involved in making Gnome 3 (or 4) like you want it by taking part in the process.

Accepting criticism and weighing the validity of such is how mature people can grow and refine themselves, and similarly a software project can grow and be refined if the developers are willing to listen. In fact, the whole process of growing up from a child to an adult involves receiving criticism and adjusting yourself based on that -- be the criticism from your fellow peers or from your parents -- and one's maturity is quite well reflected in how one handles the criticism one receives. Then, complaining about someone providing criticism is counter-productive if you're not actually even trying to debunk said claims or to provide reasoning for your decisions.

Also, something being F/OSS does not mean it should be inherently safe from negative reviews or remarks, that would just be childish. Not to mention it'd make this "our camp is better than your camp!" - mentality even more pronounced. If people using F/OSS software are allowed to make negative commentary about non-F/OSS software then in all fairness both F/OSS and non-F/OSS people should be allowed to make such commentary back.

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