Arrogant GNOME developers?
Posted May 19, 2004 16:19 UTC (Wed) by coulamac
In reply to: Spatial Is Not Easier
Parent article: The Spatial Way
The GNOME developers made a design decision to make spatial nautilus the default mode. Why does that make them arrogant? Browser Nautilus is still readily available by many different means of access-- it's one right-click away, for instance. They left you the choice to browse by another means.
The developers of any desktop must make design decisions at some point or another. Sometimes, developers are willing to go against the usual way of doing things and try another way, which they feel has usability advantages. Maybe they're right about the usability advantages. Maybe they're wrong. You, however, are stomping on them for trying to do something out of the ordinary by calling them "arrogant." God forbid anyone try to move out of the Windows browser paradigm for a minute!
The bottom line is that the developers who write the code and maintain the code get to make the design decisions. That is the way that all freesoftware works. The Nautilus developers made a daring (maybe inspired, maybe ill-conceived) change to spatial file browsing as the default. Time will tell whether they are right or wrong. You, however, are the one being arrogant to say that your dislike of the *default* mode of browsing reflects the arrogance of the developers who take the time and energy to write and maintain the code.
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