GNOME and the way forward
Posted Aug 18, 2005 18:04 UTC (Thu) by piman
In reply to: GNOME and the way forward
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> [It's] becoming increasingly difficult to do useful work without running at least some GNOME or KDE applications.
Maybe that should tell you something about how much the people doing the actual work hate dealing with the non-GNOME/KDE (meaning obsolete standards, X10, unbounded configuration options, arbitrary requests to shell out to external programs -- none of which are really "Unix", IMO) way of doing things. There's not some group of developers sitting on piles of time and money going "Let's see what features we can rip from the hands of the peasants today!" There's people with limited time and resources who, largely, are writing the kind of applications they want to use themselves, and companies with limited time and resources who are writing the kind of applications people will buy.
> If this forces us to lose the ability to make choices...
You have the same option you've always had: Write your own applications, the way you want them. Are you going to deny GNOME developers the same just because they write more applications than you?
Whatever happened to "rough consensus and working code"? That's the Unix way. Write (and maintain) the code, show that there's a large enough user group to care, and if they still don't listen fork -- if you're right, you win. But empirical evidence (GoneME) would suggest that's not the case.
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