* Posts by twenex

4 posts • joined 11 Apr 2017

You GNOME it: Windows and Apple devs get a compelling reason to turn to Linux


As a devoted desktop Linux user for twenty years, I can say definitely that GNOME 3 is a steaming pile of utter garbage.

Mark Shuttleworth says some free software folk are 'deeply anti-social' and 'love to hate'


This isn't a problem with open source software; it's a problem with software in general. Even on Windows there are a multitude of competing packages doing the same job, with their detractors and proponents. WordStar is long dead, (even if George RR Martin is still using it), and WordPerfect hangs on. Just last month, I heard one person at a LUG say that Word became the standard whilst WordPerfect was still a better program, and read someone else saying almost the exact opposite. And there are many other examples I could choose, many of them proprietary.


Re: Revisionist history

Exactly. The cool Windows-haters (in the sense of the ones that society at large thinks are cool) use Macs. The nerdy Windows-haters use desktop Linux (though even that is changing), whereas it used to be that Linux users were uncool nerds even in server rooms. That being said, there are plenty valid reasons to "hate," and even simply not to use, Windows - like, the Star-Trek: The Original Series film strategy of every other release being a pile of crap.


Whilst I welcomed the abandonment of Unity (and despite the adoption of GNOME, although it's almost as bad, it does have going for it not only that it reasonably standard in the community, but also that all the other enterprise desktops appear to have gelled around it), this latest makes me worry that it's a bad decision and a sign that Shuttleworth had lost the plot. It was obvious that Mir was never going to fly; why? because people are sick of the Unix non-standards wars and don't want them coming back again.

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