Wednesday, December 14, 2005

[Linux] Is it time to throw out the little garden people ?

The mother of all flame-wars seems to have been started.Well, actually it was actually never a flame-war.Just a humble request by Till Kamppeter to improve the Print dialog in GNOME.It was a request which was supposed to be handled the usual way by the GNOME,talk,patches to bugzilla but never checked in,until.. Linus replied.The reply is not what's the hot news, but his words..

"Please, just tell people to use KDE."

This was picked up by Slashdot and '/.' picked up the flame-war over there.

Here's my take:

This flamewar has been going on for ages and will never end.
So yes, Linus voiced his opinion on the flame-war.That does not mean
all GNOME users are going to drop GNOME and switch to KDE.Linus uses emacs that does not mean all kernel hackers have stopped using 'vi'.

First,only geeks read Slashdot.
The intelligent geeks know how to separate a genuine news article from
something which was copy-pasted from a mailing list post.

Another point is geeks as computer users today are a minority.So if
you are looking at the bigger picture(99% of the desktop market)
then the geek-factor diminishes.

At this point, I need to ask myself.
Q) Is GNOME making users dumb ?
A) Yes, to an extent.

Q) Is it good ?
A) Yes.The average joe-user is never going to use 80% of the complex functionality you provide him,so why have it in the first place.

If GNOME wants to cater to the "bigger-picture" then yes, GNOME's
"usability" is on the right track.Sure, some geeks might abandon it
for more "uber" DE's but in turn it will be embracing a lot more
users who were and turned off by other Desktop Environments.

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At 12:22 PM, December 18, 2005, Blogger Abishek Goda said...

I feel there must be two releases of any desktop environment. There are these "all-time" users who can set up anything on their box from bash! And there are the new emigrants!

Keep the "click-here-do-this" in the "joe-user-release" and keep the other the way it is. I feel bad at the number of click-here options on my desktop. It is making it a burden on my 256MB RAM? Isn't that also why I am running Linux??


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