On GNOME's 10th anniversary, de Icaza and Waugh look back, ahead
Posted by: Anonymous
on August 29, 2007 03:15 PM
There some points in Icaza and Waugh I'd like to point at and discuss. To me, it seem like their are trying to sell something. They speak like a door to door vendor.
First, a predictable agenda is something gorgeous for a company who tries to make money from products based in Gnome. That's right. But it has a disastrous side-effect: it kills innovation. Linux is no more than the 4% of the desktop market share so the strategy is not to evolve but to offer a revolutionary project. Anyone wanting an stable product can stay with his actual solution, if someone moves it is because he founds in Linux (and its desktop) something so appealing that makes the move worth to try. If there is nothing but what one already has it has no meaning. everything turns into spending money. By contrast, in KDE 4 series an revamped PIM structure is going to offer something very appealing for many small industries. This is going to be achieved rethinking it again. It's just the opossite model and the one I thinks its the appropriated.
Second, let Waugh explain in detail how can be achieve a 'massive' though 'incremental modernization of Gnome platform'. Then direct him to Gnome's people critics (and maybe I his owns words too) about KDE 4.0 development.
Third, Gtk+ has very few thing to offer in terms of development and that can explain the 'lack' of what Gnome's people talk. Qt from series 4 on becomes multi-platform and from now on has a lot to offer.
Finally, Lenovo, Dell and others decisions about Linux hasn't been achieved ONLY thanks to Gnome. Too much of auto-complacency here. Aren't they more an strategic move (Ubuntu may be the first in user's ranks) rather than the best option (and I can name better distros)?