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Posted Mar 2, 2011 18:46 UTC (Wed) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
the Gnome issue is over what's intended.
things not yet being ready will be fixed over time.
intent not matching what users want requires a change in the project goals.
Posted Mar 3, 2011 9:19 UTC (Thu) by renox (subscriber, #23785)
That's not the whole truth: I read regularly complaints about the 'semantic desktop' (file indexing) tools because developers didn't provide an easy way to disable them (I think that this has changed in the last release, not sure).
And to take one data point, Carla Schroeder switched for KDE4 to XFCE on January 2010, so much more recently than KDE4.0, she is just one user though so this doesn't mean much..
Posted Mar 3, 2011 18:02 UTC (Thu) by dlang (✭ supporter ✭, #313)
one mans fiasco...
Posted Mar 2, 2011 22:30 UTC (Wed) by jku (subscriber, #42379)
I'm not trying to dismiss the true criticisms but I do want to give a counter point: I'm using gnome-shell from jhbuild and while there are lots of things to improve, I'm not missing any major functions and I really like the general direction it's going. I admit my needs in this area are very simple, but I'm still a data point, right?
Desktop environments are complex beasts and people are bound to invent really different ways of using them. This means that the developers need to be careful when changing things: they may break usage patterns they didn't even know existed. The other side of the coin is this: progress is only possible by breaking things a little (because users do the weirdest things). Some people will always be disturbed, that's inevitable and we should accept that -- as long as the group or the disturbance is small enough.
tl;dr: Let's not call things "fiascos" before properly testing.
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