I don't use gnome, and don't have a clue whether his criticisms are valid, but I can (and do) totally get where he's coming from! To exaggerate his point - "why are you doing a full HD screen refresh over a 300baud modem when a tiny icon has changed in the corner of the screen?". If that doesn't make his point clear, I don't know what will.
I keep on making this very point (it's databases with me :-) but what is good computer science and what is good engineering sometimes just do not match up ... if they did we'd all be using the Hurd by now !!! :-)
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