Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on February 17, 2007 11:01 AM
Linus wasn't saying "people who use Gnome are idiots" - he was simply saying that even though simplicity is nice for those who want or need it, the ability to configure is severely lacking in Gnome. That's his whole issue with Gnome - too much simplicity and no options to tweak and configure like he wants in KDE. He has nothing against those who use it, only those who develop it.
Also, Ubuntu and Kubuntu are the same OS with a different DE (Gnome and KDE, respectively) - there are minor differences, but the fact that Ubuntu picked up your wireless network and Kubuntu or Knoppix didn't does not attest to one DE being superior than the other. Something else was at fault there, the DE has nothing to do with hardware detection. I use Kubuntu and have no problems with my wireless network.
Personally, while I think that the manner in which this war of words is being carried out casts an unfavorable light on both parties involved, I have to say I somewhat agree with Linus on this one (his arguments as to why he dislikes Gnome, not his behavior). I've used Gnome and honestly prefer KDE for many reasons, including his. But that's what choice is all about. Let people try and decide what they want - those who want simplicity can choose Gnome, those who want to tweak and customize can choose KDE. Anybody else who wants lightweight can choose IceWM, Fluxbox, Openbox, XFCE, etc. - a lot of choices to fit everyone's need. No need to insult anybody for their choice. It'll be interesting to see if any of his patches are accepted.