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What Bjørn Mork misses

What Bjørn Mork misses

Posted Dec 6, 2012 15:18 UTC (Thu) by HelloWorld (guest, #56129)
Parent article: Distribution quotes of the week

The problem with what Bjørn Mork says is that while it works for obviously stupid and crazy ideas, it doesn't work for ideas that are merely bad, and less obviously so.

What Ubuntu is currently doing is incidentally a good example for that. They fork off their own ecosystem, thus weakening interoperability and cooperation with other distros, which weakens the Linux ecosystem as a whole and thus ultimately themselves.

When Ubuntu first showed up in 2004, it looked as if the dream of Linux on the desktop might finally become reality. By now, it is perfectly clear to me that what they're doing to the GNU/Linux ecosystem is ultimately a disservice. It makes me feel sad and helpless.

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What Bjørn Mork misses

Posted Dec 6, 2012 15:34 UTC (Thu) by raven667 (subscriber, #5198) [Link]

I don't know how it could have happend any other way. Canonical backed away from GNOME Shell probably because they saw what troubled direction the design was going to and couldn't get consensus to change it so fell back to Unity which re-uses some of the same technology stack but commits fewer design sins.

There was certainly a window there where GNOME2 was becoming the Linux default desktop but that seems to be all shot up now. I don't think GNOME has ever had the resources it needed, even with Canonical, to actually flesh out a stable platform and SDK that would be acceptable to J Random developer who didn't want to have to understand the implementation details of all the components that went into GNOME. There are some third-party apps which use GTK but not so many that are full GNOME apps except what ships with the OS.

What Bjørn Mork misses

Posted Dec 13, 2012 17:34 UTC (Thu) by oak (guest, #2786) [Link]

Compared to Unity, Gnome shell is actually more usable, at least on my laptops.

(In Unity, all apps menus don't fit to top bar, bar on left comes on top of windows when one tries to use elements on left side of window, window close button is on opposite side of the window than on all other OSes and distros one needs to use etc.)

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