GNOME and the way forward
Posted Aug 18, 2005 3:03 UTC (Thu) by hp
Parent article: GNOME and the way forward
Lots of times people don't appreciate the efforts that were made. For example, this 100-post LWN flamewar was about Emacs-style keybindings...
The GTK+ team went to a significant extra effort to offer an Emacs key theme when GTK+ 2.0 came out, it's been there ever since, and the GNOME usability team even documented it in the Human Interface Guidelines:
In fact, how to choose the Emacs key theme is the first item in the GTK+ 2.0 release notes in 2002:
GNOME does have a lot of accomodations and features designed for people used to UNIX, and more of these features have been added over time.
One suggestion is to move them all to a "UNIX Stuff" control panel so they are easy to find, and so more of them can be visible in the GUI without hosing up the other control panels with clutter.
That said, the goal is a "mainstream" rather than "UNIX" desktop and that goal has always been explicit. So _when_ there's a tradeoff or conflict the needs of office workers will win out over those of a 20-year UNIX sysadmin. Not a secret.
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