Posted Aug 8, 2012 2:57 UTC (Wed) by cmccabe (guest, #60281)
Parent article: Day: GNOME OS
I kind of hate to say this, because I know there are good engineers and good intentions behind GNOME, but I can't see this ending well. It kind of ties into what Benjamin Otte was commenting on last week: what are the goals for GNOME? Is it building a Linux distribution? Creating an OS for tablets and smartphones? Is it going to provide a low-level framework comparable to SELinux or seccomp? Is it going to create a new build system to compete with Koji, CDBS, or the Gentoo build system? Or maybe (and I know this is a stretch) it should produce a usable window manager? Nobody seems to know. And I'm willing to bet that most of the wheels that get re-invented here already exist in rounder form elsewhere.
In particular, the "GNOME SDK" stuff makes me sad because I still use some GNOME software. If I have to install a huge monolithic clot of uneccesary dependencies to use gnome-terminal, for example, I will simply have to find another terminal program. GNOME was always relatively modular, unlike KDE. But this is almost like a declaration of secession from the wider open source community. Thumbs down.