Clasen: GNOME 3.7 at the halfway mark
Posted Jan 26, 2013 8:33 UTC (Sat) by marcel.oliver
In reply to: Clasen: GNOME 3.7 at the halfway mark
Parent article: Clasen: GNOME 3.7 at the halfway mark
To bring this discussion on a more constructive track:
As a long-time Fedora user and current user of Gnome 3/Cinnamon I would very much welcome if Fedora would take a more active role toward Cinnamon. Here are some reasons and benefits:
- Gnome 3/Gnome Shell is very much geared toward a particular vision regarding the work flow. Developers have made it clear in public that they do not wish to dilute their vision by trying to be everything to everybody.
I think think is a valid strategy for a desktop project. As a distribution, however, Fedora should try to develop a broader vision toward the Linux Desktop which goes beyond just bundling every half viable project.
- Without any intent to start a flamewar here, I believe I can say that the weaker parts of the Gnome 3/Gnome Shell model relate to the traditional "workstation" workflows involving big screens, possibly multiple screens, many simultaneous applications, multiple instances of a single application, and work models involving mixtures of command line and GUI interface components. In other words, "developer" or "technical" usage in some sense.
- Cinnamon sits fairly light-weight on top of the Gnome 3 infrastructure, so it's a minimally invasive strategy to extend the reach of Gnome 3 beyond what Gnome Shell can offer.
- Gnome 2 infrastructure/Mate are on the way out. Their value lies in working with old hardware where accelerated or software rendering of Gnome 3 is not working/too slow. They are clearly not a long-term strategy into the future. But more effort could be expanded into making sure that all valuable features find some equivalent in either Gnome Shell or Cinnamon.
- Cinnamon is a small project, both in the size of code and in the number of developers, but it fills a much bigger and important niche. Having Fedora put some concerted effort toward its development would stabilize both projects with benefits much bigger than potential effort.
If this could be achieved, the question of what is the default would be essentially moot.
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