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The GNOME project at 15

The GNOME project at 15

Posted Aug 24, 2012 9:25 UTC (Fri) by vasi (guest, #83946)
In reply to: The GNOME project at 15 by hp
Parent article: The GNOME project at 15

Thanks, Havoc.

I've always been puzzled at the extreme conservatism of many desktop Linux users. Back in the beta days of Gnome 2, I remember reading on Slashdot how anti-aliased fonts were sure to be slow and blurry and yet another symptom of the dumbing down of Linux desktops. Nowadays, you never hear anyone clamouring for a return to non-aliased fonts—I guess all those folks are now busy complaining about needing an extra key-press to access the "Shutdown" menu item.

The experimentation in desktop Linux makes now an exciting time. This doesn't mean I'm always 100% down with every decision Gnome takes, but I'm interested to see where things go. Props as well to all the other innovators, like Unity and KDE4, and also to the MATÉ project for actually stepping up and maintaining the desktop they want instead of just whining about things.

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The place of innovation

Posted Aug 26, 2012 15:18 UTC (Sun) by man_ls (guest, #15091) [Link]

Innovation is fine, as long as it is optional. If you cannot turn it off, in effect you are forcing innovation down people's throats; they feel like guinea pigs and get angry.

That is something that the GNOME project apparently have not yet understood: we are not all innovators. In fact the majority of people are conservative: they don't like surprises.

The place of innovation

Posted Aug 26, 2012 15:29 UTC (Sun) by hp (subscriber, #5220) [Link]

I think most experienced devs (including those at GNOME) understand this. It's just that on balance they think some changes are worth it. Every developer will make different judgments on that front.

Making a change optional is frequently, though not always, _very_ impractical. Especially without unlimited resources but often even if you did have that.

Everyone knows that people don't like change and that change breaks some things. The question is how to handle that without being CDE or Blackberry or some other technology that was destroyed by the new and different.

Suggesting that change is always or never OK is not a useful guideline for people who need to make real world judgments.

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