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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 12, 2012 14:43 UTC (Mon) by JMB (guest, #74439)
In reply to: Mena-Quintero: A Friday rant on Gnome 3, journalists, and power users by vonbrand
Parent article: Mena-Quintero: A Friday rant on Gnome 3, journalists, and power users

Well, I would not agree with you at all.
GPL is a licence picked to enforce that code can not be taken away
from free usage by any user (today with even broder scope - nicely
given by the citations of Trelane).
If you take that code, change it and give it to anyone, that person
(per definition a user) has the right to ask for the source code.
It is all about the users.
RMS worked in AI research - and as a scientist he helped (as many
more) to improve proprietary code - some things were taken, others
But suddenly scientists lost the right to use their own changes
on _their_ systems - that was the starting point for GNU.
(If I am wrong, please say so.)
The additional burden in GPL which is cited from rivals calling
for more `permissive licenses' (and so being open for misuse; well
BSD was chosen for a well known system ... ithing:) is added to
ensure the users right - and take the right away from the developers.
And thus called copyleft.
So users' freedom and developers' obligation!
It's all a social/ethical thing!

Concerning RH I know of a CEO citation which is harder than that
currently one can not make money with DEs - but this is not
important here.
Linux is much better than to be a cheap Unix replacement (while its
focus on small HW and HA has its merits) - and unfortunately it was
also responsible for pressure on incomes of people working in the
high-availability business.
Ubuntu reached a lot - but unfortunately is currently using a
problematic path.
It grew communities and showed that even beginners can install a
Linux system ...
Give a beginner a Xubuntu CD/DVD/stick and one of another distro,
you _WILL_ see a difference (I like RH as administrator - but nor
as DE - this is also true for Fedora - and I try them - personal
taste, no need for flame war here ;-).
As long as Linux is not pre-installed reasonably and in large numbers
plus all specialized software is also available for Linux (current games,
tax software, ... you name it), world domination can not reached. :(
But it had been ripe for years - and it is currently much better
than everything from the proprietary world.
OS/2 2.x was better than Windows - it lost anyway - lack of OS/2-SW
was the main reason.
Linux can survive another 15 years without dominating DE - and we will
survive whatever DEs may be present.
But one day rivalling with Linux will be too expensive - even for a
monopolist - unless they misuse politics and law (patents, secure boot,
we will wait ...).
The desktop is and will be ready - just now it may not be possible
for the majority to switch 100% - this is the problem.
And RH is well advised to focus on servers and be ready for other
usages ...

Well, Linus Torvalds comments showed the world that what GNOME3
presented was not adjustable to a professional workflow at least
as effitiently as GNOME2 was. This was a highlighted regression
report after those of others were neglected - and thus well
received by many people.
Maybe he loves GNOME 3 now - maybe KDE or XFCE.
It is interesting for many to hear - but it is not deceicive
for my opinion (only shows that I am not allone:).

The last passage is absolutely untrue - it may be correct in a
limited way - but look at the kernel. It was said one needs a
kernel for all special purposes - and Linux is quite good on
servers, desktop, tablet, phones, ... different CPUs ... and
still real time can be introduced by special patches which got
smaller in number (as the kernel took the parts which are not
problematic for other needs).
Good quality code takes time and is in need developers - and
Nothing new - true for kernel and DE work.
But missing options X provided before Linux even existed?
Those should be so problematic to implement - or negative
for other functionality/performance?
I don't buy that argument.
It burns down in the "our brand - our workflow - don't even change
themes" attitude. If you have a child, you will take care of it,
but has to release it to the world - in small steps. Similar for
a software project (especially which aims at being useful for
the mass - not for special purposes).
And this _is_ a social thing (back to the reason for the start of
the GNU project).
At least IMHO.

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