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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When GNOME is loosing full-time developers, it is a big problem for them, they have to either get new corporate backers or change their community and recruit more volunteers.

It's bigger than just Gnome. You have to remember that KDE benefitted from Qt in a massive way, and it is still building on all of the man-years of work in it, whereas Gnome and their backers have to constantly maintain and drive forwards GTK and all the underlying libraries that Gnome is built on. That's a task not to be underestimated when Red Hat and others are making nothing from the desktop side of things.

Personally I've never found Gnome a project that could be sustainable.

Edited 2012-07-28 13:45 UTC

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