Posted by: Anonymous
on July 29, 2008 06:03 PM
I tried doing that with KDE at one time. It pissed off some members of the KDE developer community so much that they convinced Freshmeat to take my project down off of their site. Apparently the FOSS community does not consider more consistent UI and usability to be any kind of justification for forking. That's only allowed for "important" stuff like kernels and virtualization systems.
Just because you're free to modify their source doesn't actually mean that they'll let you get away with it. I'm not gonna complain too much, though. The experience taught me a lot about how FOSS actually works (as opposed to the way its proponents claim that it works). Wouldn't trade that experience for anything.