Why GNOME refugees love Xfce (Register)
Posted Nov 15, 2011 11:45 UTC (Tue) by ebassi
In reply to: Why GNOME refugees love Xfce (Register)
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the gnome folks are not concerned about the LWN type user, as they are the power user.
I'm not a gnome folk. I'm a GNOME developer and maintainer, and though in some venues I can speak for the Foundation, I usually don't speak for the entire community. whenever I will, I'll be very careful to point that out. so don't extrapolate what GNOME developers think from what I say.
whoever self-identifies as "a power user" is usually an ass**** in my book. there are only users, with different areas of expertise. most are equally important, and the different areas of expertise can be served in different ways.
furthermore, I don't believe that LWN readers are power users — you might think you are just because you use twenty different terminals, but guess what? I do too, and I've been using GNOME in all of its incarnations. so get off my lawn.
finally, I think the LWN users can (and will) change their environment to suit their workflow, and will be able to fix issues they find no matter what GNOME provides them. ergo, you're not an interesting use case for me to work on.
They are more concerned about getting new users.
yes. I'm more concerned about getting more users. this means adding users. which means adding users that haven't been exposed to GNOME yet. these users are interesting to me, because it means solving problems for them — which is what I do for a living and for a passion.
and guess what: usually, when something gets better for new users, it also gets better for everyone, unlike the other way around.
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