Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Aug 2012 22:29 UTC
Gnome The future of GNOME - an interesting subject. GNOME 3 has been out and about for a while, and it hasn't exactly been a smashing success. One of the efforts to take GNOME to the next level is what the team refers to as GNOME OS - but in reality, it's a set of improvements to GNOME that are just as interesting to GNOME-the-desktop-environment.
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> Ever tried KDE 4 on a Pentium II machine?
No, why would anyone? The P2 is a 15 year old CPU, it's not reasonable to expect today's desktop OS to work well, or even at all, on it.
> It seems to me like some developers are coding as if there's no such thing as limited processing power
I don't think that's a conclusion you can come to based on the usability on a P2.
Today's programmers code for today's computers, not for 15 year old tech. That's how it has always been.

What runs fine on P2, will do well on some fairly low-powered nimble ARM machine (such "underpowered" gear seems to be in the mission statement of LXDE, for example; and BTW, it runs decently on a PII 266 that I keep around - dual, but still).

Also, consider that there are (last I checked) ~1.3 billion PCs in the world for ~2 billion users - but there are over 5 billion mobile subscribers. I guess costs, unwieldiness, energy requirements of PCs have partly something to do with that.

> the environmental cost of upgrades,
I'm not sure running 15 year old technology is more environmentally friendly.

And there's lots more to "environmentally friendly" than end-user electricity usage ...generally, considering how PCs are made (how many resources they use in the process) and disposed, it tends to be more friendly to keep running older ones as long as feasible (not talking about some always-on servers - just the usual end-user machines seeing intermittent usage)

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