GNOME and the way forward
Posted Aug 18, 2005 17:09 UTC (Thu) by hp
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The most obvious form of the tradeoff is that you have two very different lists of requests and priorities from the different users, and you have to allocate developer time between working on one list vs. the other. No way around that. The only world without tradeoffs is one with infinite resources.
Another easy-to-understand tradeoff is that lots of people here seem to be requesting the UNIX behavior _by default_ and all defaults are a tradeoff vs. the other possible defaults.
Some other tradeoffs are mentioned in http://ometer.com/free-software-ui.html for example
It's tough to really have a feel for why there are tradeoffs until you've worked on the software for a while and seen how a design is done and how the maintenance issues unfold over time.
But while we can nitpick I don't see how some of these tradeoffs are arguable. There's obviously only finite developer time, and there's obviously only one set of default settings.
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