I don't use GNOME, but...
Posted Jan 27, 2010 16:47 UTC (Wed) by drag
In reply to: I don't use GNOME, but...
Parent article: Stormy Peters: What should the GNOME Foundation accomplish in 2010?
might if GNOME tried to be more UNIX-like
There is really no such thing as a desktop behaving more Unix-like.
There was never a decent Unix desktop. It never existed and the lessons
developed from developing Unix into a proper server OS only can be applied
to the desktop in a loose manner.
The 'Unix-like' way of doing things is to have a clipboard that makes zero
sense. You don't 'minimize windows' you 'iconize' them. The is no panel.
There is no reasonable file manager. The window management sucks. There is
no power management features to speak of. There is no notification system
or reasonable IPC for applications to use besides sockets.
The 'Unix way' has no session management. You have a crapload of .*rc files
that are arbitrarily made up with unique and poorly documented syntax that
is backwards and makes almost no sense unless you understand the internals
of whatever application you happen to be using at the time.
Basically every single freaking thing that Unix introduced on a desktop or
workstation GUI is pretty much complete shit. The very very limited
functionality that Unix provided on GUI systems was mostly just a jumble of
bad designs and poorly thought out features that plague us to this day.
Unix just never addressed the problems that Gnome is trying to solve. Unix
never survived long enough as a 'Free' OS to get to that point.
Sure there are a few things like 'Make things small and function specific',
'be portable', 'use layers',
and such that you can take from the Unix heritage and apply to a modern
desktop, but most of it just made up as we progress.
If you want Evolution to behave more like 'Mutt' or 'Pine' or whatever
because that is what your used to your then just say so. There is nothing
wrong with that. Evolution does suck, but other IMAP applications are no
shakes either.. so far the most decent one I can find is actually 'mutt'.
The traditional Unix way to manage email is to use a crude application to
help you sort through a mbox file on a remote server that you telnet'd
into from your DOS system.
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