Why GNOME refugees love Xfce (Register)
Posted Nov 15, 2011 14:23 UTC (Tue) by nevets
In reply to: Why GNOME refugees love Xfce (Register)
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whoever self-identifies as "a power user" is usually an ass**** in my book
I'm sorry but considering users of your tool ass**** is not something I consider to be good user development. I work on lots of products that have users. Even when a user comes to me that is not in my focus group and asks for a feature that I'm not going to implement, I never consider them an ass****. Maybe a luser, but not a ass****.
I actually do not hate Gnome3 more than I hate KDE or any other desktop environment that I don't use. What I hate is that Gnome3 took away the desktop environment that I do use. This is the keep problem that the Gnome3 developers don't seem to understand. The problem is that the Gnome developers decided to make this transition in a serial step instead of a parallel one. Instead of incrementing into gnome3, call it a new product entirely, because that is exactly what gnome3 is. Call it something like "Gnome-elite".
Here's what could have been done that would have kept everyone happy. When I look at Gnome3, it does not have any of the look and feel of Gnome2. Basically, it is a completely different product. If the Gnome developers came out and instead said, "we are placing gnome2 into maintenance mode, and will only do minor bug fixes here and there, but are not going to add any more features. We are focusing on a new desktop environment called Gnome-elite, and there is no guarantee that gnome2 will be compatible with Gonme-elite." and then allow Gnome-elite to be installed along side of gnome2 just like I can have Xfce, KDE and Gnome all installed, things would have worked out much better. You wouldn't have the hate statements that you are receiving today.
Again, most of us don't hate you because you came out with Gnome3. We hate you because you took away gnome2 from us. You made it practically impossible to install gnome2 and gnome3 on the same box. I didn't hate gnome3 until I upgraded my Debian box, and it removed gnome2. You just took away 10 years of my tweaking to get something I feel is my best workflow. And all you can tell me is that I'm an ass**** in your book. On my other boxes I've tried to set the "hold" state on the gnome2 packages, but upgrading seems to override it too. There seems to be no possible way I can have gnome2 on my box.
Yes, I currently switched to Xfce, but as Linus stated, it is a step backwards from gnome2. I'm not happy about this switch, and I blame the Gnome developers for making me do it. Really, would it have been such a problem to have come out with a new product and stop working on gnome2, but still let gnome2 exist? If you had done this, I guarantee everyone here that is calling you names, wouldn't be.
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