GNOME and the way forward
Posted Aug 18, 2005 2:27 UTC (Thu) by dskoll
Parent article: GNOME and the way forward
The problem is that the GNOME developers seem to think that their way is the Right Way (tm) and are unwilling to accept that maybe they should give people choices.
Let's face it, a Windows user switching to GNOME will suffer all kinds of jarring discontinuities. So I think it's pointless to try to make GNOME appeal to some mythical user base if that means alienating its existing user base, which is pretty much UNIX/Linux geeks.
My pet peeve is Evolution's lack of support for an external editor. I've been told that "nobody sane" cares about that.
Why, then, does every UNIX mailer I can think of (Pine, Mutt, kmail,
Sylpheed, Balsa, Mahogany, Thunderbird) support an external editor? Are all of those developers stupid enough to spend time implementing a feature that "nobody sane" cares about?
No, the problem is that an external editor is something that no GNOME developer cares about, and therefore by extension, only whingers and bearded UNIX hackers care about it, and they don't matter.
That is why GNOME is becoming irrelevant to me, and why I hope it fades from the scene if the developers don't change their attitude.
And I do not agree when you state "There are limits to how much one should complain about that." Because of the state of the Linux market, the GNOME developers have considerable influence in the future of Free desktop software. I certainly didn't embrace Linux to be trapped in another limiting Windows clone. Unfortunately, that's the way GNOME is heading.
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