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The GNOME project at 15

The GNOME project at 15

Posted Aug 24, 2012 21:02 UTC (Fri) by Zizzle (guest, #67739)
In reply to: The GNOME project at 15 by elvis_
Parent article: The GNOME project at 15

I was coming to say something pretty similar.

The GNOME devs have been saying that the old crufty Linux user base is not something they want to cater to anymore. That there is a massive untapped market of new users if only they make it take more clicks to launch an app or switch virtual desktop.

Havoc even hints at it in one of his posts above.

Ok, so you have made it clear, GNOME 3 is not for old time Linux users or power users. You don't care about losing that part of the user base. But they are typically the ones who write code.

So what desktop will the application developers be using? What desktop will the kernel developers be using? Not GNOME 3 - no one wants them there.

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The GNOME project at 15

Posted Aug 26, 2012 20:48 UTC (Sun) by hp (subscriber, #5220) [Link]

I said somewhat the opposite of what you're saying (not exactly the opposite, because I don't believe "power users" vs. "new users" is the correct way to understand potential audiences).

Within _existing_ Linux and GNOME users, in my view there's a substantial divide about the Linux user interface. Most fights about desktops have been _within_ the existing userbase. I elaborated more in some other comment earlier.

I don't agree with blaming changes on "massive untapped market." When complaining, people like to claim that "most existing Linux users" are on their side. For GNOME 1->2, I think we have enough history to say that those people were flat wrong; GNOME 2 was dominant and successful without reaching any massive untapped market. Instead, it became popular with "most" (at least "many") existing Linux users.

GNOME 3 remains to be seen, but I think it's worth noting that the similar contemporary claims about GNOME 1->2 turned out to be wrong.

It's very dangerous for any of us to over-extrapolate from our own experience.

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