I don't use GNOME, but...
Posted Jan 27, 2010 17:09 UTC (Wed) by dskoll
In reply to: I don't use GNOME, but...
Parent article: Stormy Peters: What should the GNOME Foundation accomplish in 2010?
There is really no such thing as a desktop behaving more Unix-like.
Sure there is.
- Include man pages for all applications.
- Make programs that involve editing large amounts of text capable of calling an external editor. IBM got this right in the early 1960's with System-360, for crying out loud!
- Use standard terminology that's been around since the early 1970's instead of introducing inconsistent terminology.
- Use human-readable configuration files under the hood. (You can use whatever flashy GUI configuration editor you like for neophytes.)
You don't 'minimize windows' you 'iconize' them.
The term is iconify and it makes the same amount of sense to me as minimize. (ie, none.)
The window management sucks.
That's your opinion, nothing more.
There is no power management features to speak of. There is no notification system or reasonable IPC for applications to use besides sockets.
These have all successfully been built on top of a UNIX-like base without abandoning the UNIX philosophy of small, cooperating programs that each do one thing well.
There is no reasonable file manager.
There are lots of reasonable file managers. Take your pick. I happen to hate all file managers anyway, so whichever one GNOME picks for that task doesn't matter to me.
You are confusing the term UNIX-like with similar to previous UNIX desktops. That's not at all what I meant.
Evolution does suck, but other IMAP applications are no shakes either.. so far the most decent one I can find is actually 'mutt'.
I'm fairly happy with Thunderbird. The It's All Text plugin integrates it with my favorite text editor... a perfect example of the UNIX philosophy.
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