Dricot: A freasy future for GNOME
Posted Aug 11, 2012 9:24 UTC (Sat) by rleigh
In reply to: Dricot: A freasy future for GNOME
Parent article: Dricot: A freasy future for GNOME
If you were to look at the debian-user list, then there have been quite a number of people expressing concern about what will happen to their GNOME environment and their ability to run existing GNOME applications when they upgrade from squeeze (which is GNOME2) to wheezy (which is GNOME3). They are understandably worried about the consequences. Their concerns are real. What do they do when stable is no longer supported and they have to upgrade?
GNOME2 was (and is) used by many people for real serious work. In my previous institution, we had entire labs of Fedora workstations, and the personal workstations of many researchers and grad students were running principally Ubuntu, but also Fedora, Debian etc.. These were being used for scientific simulation, visualisation, coding, teaching and more general use as well. They all ran GNOME2. GNOME3 would not sensibly satisfy any of these needs. And as for using it on the lab systems--it's so alien and undiscoverable, it would be a support nightmare. Can you imagine how unproductive running a class with students on this would be?
With GNOME2, there was a big effort to make it a clean up the anarchy of GNOME1, and make it a professional desktop with consistent design, HIG, manageable with gconf etc., which would be used by businesses and such. And it was. It made a great deal of sense. And it was adopted by many businesses, institutions, etc.. What happens to these now? GNOME3 is clearly not suitable for a business or professional setting.
It's an unfortunate situation. There is no upgrade path here. All these existing GNOME2 users ultimately have to make a choice to "upgrade" to GNOME3, or move to something else. But it's not really a choice. Given that it's completely unsuitable for real work, all these GNOME2 users will be forced to move elsewhere.
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