Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 20th Aug 2012 21:04 UTC, submitted by suka
Gnome In a recent interview with the Austrian newssite, GNOME designer Jon McCann talks about GNOME OS, the consequences of Canonical leaving GNOME behind, the purported removal of features and the future role of Linux distributions. "I think there was a time when GNOME had kind of a crisis, we didn't know where we wanted to go, we were lacking goals and vision - that was the end of the GNOME2 cycle. So we pulled together and formed a vision where we want to go - and actually did something about it. And now we have been marching on that plan for quite some time."
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Joe User here
by orfanum on Tue 21st Aug 2012 07:39 UTC
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I find it a terrible irony that just when Linux appeared to become usable, it spends several years shooting itself in the foot, all up and down the front line.

KDE 4, Gnome 3, Unity, and for me personally, the problems that have come with overheating and fan control on many laptops since kernel 3.0 and which, as far as I can tell, have not been wholly addressed.

Just to remind you all, I use Snow Leopard and Linux Mint at work, and Windows 7 and until this weekend Linux at home. I have no axes to grind, and I just like different aspects of different operating systems.

In brief, there's nothing I think intrinsically wrong with Linux technologically but I have discerned an evolution in developers' mindsets that has been pretty regressive in the main, harking back to the first days of trying out Linux. Not exactly 'RTFM' any longer but certainly 'my way or the highway'. The reason why I hang in there with Mint at all isn't obviously because it is fundamentally 'genetically' different from other distros technically speaking but it has a very progressive, open, varied approach to users. I am not surprised it has headed up the charts of late.

The laptop overheating thing is prolly temporary (my Toshiba suffers but my back-up Vaio of the same vintage, and my MacBook Pro do not). However, I am not sure about how fleeting the increasing insularity of developers is (not limited to Linux, of course, but it feels particularly egregious there because often people who go on about 'open' are frequently pretty 'closed').

So, in many eyes I will have made a fool of myself; yes, users are idiots. The challenge for developers is to address that for them, not tell them how to spell the word in different target languages, and what its etymology is.


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