GNOME Shell to support a "classic" mode
Posted Nov 22, 2012 9:27 UTC (Thu) by ebassi
In reply to: GNOME Shell to support a "classic" mode
Parent article: GNOME Shell to support a "classic" mode
but when the project leaders make such a point of saying that they don't want features, they don't want flexibility, they don't want...
this is something you have inferred by yourself, or extrapolated by single data points. yes, it has been said by the members of the design theme that extensions and themes are potentially dangerous; they have any right to say so, and from their perspective (and from others as well) they are absolutely right. on the other hand, you're replying to an article that says that the GNOME project has decided to use extensions to bring the 2.x user experience back for the users that feel so inclined. I think an announcement from the release team, which is direct emanation of the GNOME Foundation board of directors, should have more weight on any judgement of the direction of the GNOME project than individual emails extrapolated out of their context.
another data point for you to consider: I accept patches, I accept features, and I accept bug reports - and so do all the other maintainers in the GNOME project, otherwise we would have closed Bugzilla down. if you think I (or any other maintainer) will commit any and all patches you send my way without a review, then you're obviously deluding yourself: I will reject patches that are sub-par, or conflict with my vision of the modules I maintain. it's not something unprecedented or weird or wrong. if you think you know better, then the licensing and development model allows you to fork my code and do whatever; I'd obviously prefer to discuss things before adopting the nuclear option, but that's just how things works in free software, don't they? try sending a patch for a kernel module written in C++, or using the GNU coding style, or using the wrong interface, to lkml, and see what happens.
tho, I have to agree: we have a marketing/communication issue. every time GNOME does
$SOMETHING, people immediately accuse us of being irrational, wrong, stupid, and be on the payroll of Microsoft or Apple or Google or Satan himself. this, repeated over the course of years tends to create a siege mentality - it is (sadly) natural, and we (luckily) lack the personalities to just tell people to fuck off and die in a ditch, like some other project does.
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