Cinnamon 1.4 released
Posted Mar 21, 2012 7:32 UTC (Wed) by khim
In reply to: Cinnamon 1.4 released
Parent article: Cinnamon 1.4 released
But you won't convince me that "the desktop" is at fault here.
Will not even try.
It is and will forever be a distro-level problem.
This is and will forever be a Linux desktop problem (till Linux desktop is alive, that is). Because Linux desktop only exist as a bunch of distros as far as “Joe Average” is concerned. I don't care if GNOME developers have dropped the ball or Debian/Fedora/etc developers have dropped the ball. In fact I don't even care if GNOME developers are real of figment of the imagination. As far as “Joe Average” is concerned Linux desktop is bunch of distributions and GNOME as separate entity does not exist.
Note that all the “bad” examples you've shown are regarding broken backward-compatibility as something problematic (if not outright catastrophic) and then discuss mitigation strategies. Linux desktop rarely deigns the topic important enough to even mention. Can you point something similar to your links above but for Debian or Ubuntu? Backward-compatibility does not even deserve separate web page on distro sites (the most you can find is “upgrade notes” which is most definitely not the same).
Both Gnome and KDE keep this compatibility just fine. And they could easily do better if the distros using them deemed it the tiniest bit important. But they don't.
Well, that's the problem I'm talking about: GNOME developers explain how it's responsibility of distro developers to make everything compatible (the logic is: when different versions of GNOME put different things under the same name in the same place it's because distros can fix the sources) and distros don't care about backward compatibility at all (they only care about upgradeability which is not the same).
The end result: Linux desktop is dying. If this will continue then both distributions and GNOME/KDE/whatever will join XFree86 in irrelevancy: yes, they will be around in some form, but few people will care and even fewer people will use them.
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