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Mena-Quintero: A Friday rant on Gnome 3, journalists, and power users

Mena-Quintero: A Friday rant on Gnome 3, journalists, and power users

Posted Nov 10, 2012 19:05 UTC (Sat) by mgedmin (subscriber, #34497)
Parent article: Mena-Quintero: A Friday rant on Gnome 3, journalists, and power users

Whenever there's an article about GNOME on LWN, the comments make me sad.


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Mena-Quintero: A Friday rant on Gnome 3, journalists, and power users

Posted Nov 10, 2012 19:53 UTC (Sat) by BradReed (subscriber, #5917) [Link]

If it weren't for the GNOME articles on LWN, I might not know it exists. Slackware dropped it years ago.

Mena-Quintero: A Friday rant on Gnome 3, journalists, and power users

Posted Nov 10, 2012 20:51 UTC (Sat) by drag (guest, #31333) [Link]

Dropline did a better job packaging Gnome then Patrick Volkerding could of done. So dropping it benefited Gnome+Slackware users. (and I guess GSB is the more modern version, but I stopped using Slackware years ago)

A similar approach is something I advocate all Linux distributions to do. Linux distributions should NOT be packaging anything except a common base system. They should be redistribution packages made by the upstream authors.

Mena-Quintero: A Friday rant on Gnome 3, journalists, and power users

Posted Nov 11, 2012 18:25 UTC (Sun) by vonbrand (guest, #4458) [Link]

That is just insanity. What $RANDOM_DISTRIBUTION provides is packaging lots of stuff and make it compatible and work well together (and get it installed in one uniform way from a fixed, dependable location). If you want your minimalistic distribution, go start it (or just use Linux from Scratch).

(Back in my Slackware and early Red Hat days, I just installed lots of random stuff from source myself. I learned the hard way that such has to be kept to a minimum if you treasure your sanity at all. Today I install non-standard stuff into $HOME, if it really helps in scratching an irritating itch or I'm actively following some development.)


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