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Posted Aug 14, 2012 22:30 UTC (Tue) by ncm (subscriber, #165)
In reply to: The Desktop by dskoll
Parent article: The GNOME project at 15

More to the point, making a better interface is incredibly hard. Thinking you have succeeded is no indication of success, but thinking you couldn't fail strongly predicts failure.

It is hard to get people to adopt a better interface. It is way harder to get them to adopt a worse one. Sometimes it happens anyway (cough Java cough), but it's nothing to be proud of. Genius has nothing to do with it. Sometimes, clever marketing succeeds. Usually, it takes massively overspent hype, and luck. Whether it's your good luck or the adoptees' bad luck may be hard to discern.

Gnome, like the U.S., was an interesting experiment. Many good things came out of it. The organization itself has failed, though long after expected. It is interesting, not to say terrifying, to speculate on what will arise in its place.


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The Desktop

Posted Aug 15, 2012 13:29 UTC (Wed) by ebassi (subscriber, #54855) [Link]

Gnome, like the U.S., was an interesting experiment. Many good things came out of it. The organization itself has failed, though long after expected.

[citation needed]

nice hyperbole, but I beg to differ.

The Desktop

Posted Aug 15, 2012 22:29 UTC (Wed) by k8to (subscriber, #15413) [Link]

Citations asked for obvious statements of opinion. Am I to assume you are being snarky or counter-trolling?

I mean, don't get me wrong, I like good snark, but this is kind of below that bar.


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