The post-Gnome fall out

Gnome is dying.  It might be brought back, we have yet to see.  But it is definitely a dying project.  It’s dying because somewhere, for some reason, someone turned it into an ideal instead of a project.  Ideals never really die, but they fade and are twisted and interpreted, whereas projects serve a purpose.

Now, we have a ridiculous picture: Gnome, Gnome-shell, The Gnome3 forks Cinnamon and Consortium, the Gnome2 fork Mate, and of course Unity.

All of those are originally derived from Gnome 2.  What the hell happened?  It doesn’t matter.  My advice to you is to get out of dodge.  The gnome project is destined to fractured hopeless wasteland, move on to other projects.  XFCE, LXDE, Enlightenment, KDE, Openbox, a Tiler, IceWM, JWM, hell, anything.  Do it.  The reason is, if you don’t the future of your desktop is in question.

Gnome got emotional.  People are outraged now by stupid things, go look at Ikey and Joss’s latest argument Ikey’s posted on Google+.  And its because Gnome is an ideal instead of a project.  I’m done.  Have been done. You should be too.

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2 responses to “The post-Gnome fall out

  1. Dude

    I have to wonder what will happen to Gtk if the Gnome project dies. On top of all the forks, we have Wayland which someday may be ready for end users, and as I understand it, Gtk just isn’t really ready for it. Now Canonical is going to be moving away from both X11 and Wayland to some other display server so they can have something unified across desktops and mobile devices, and Gtk doesn’t appear to be part of that plan, but instead it appears they’ll be relying on Qt and html5. The plus side of this is that it could really make Linux a serious gaming platform. The downside is that it could really backfire worse than Unity did, especially if Wayland lives up to the expectations of the more optimistic crowd.

  2. parisian

    Gnome dead, Mir dead before it started, Unity dead, Gtk dying but not yet dead, Wayland the way forward, Xlib dying, all gnome forks will eventually die as the when the root dies so do the branches. Living will be XMonads, KDE, Debian, Fedora etc.

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