Why GNOME's Got it Right

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 3:23 PM

Ed wrote earlier this week about a project known as GoneME that seems to be quite upset with GNOME's moves to create the simplest user interface possible for GNU/Linux and other UNIX-like systems. While I commented a bit in his blog entry on the matter, I decided it was high time for me to exposit on the issue (I had been planning to for some time now). Thus, I have posted an article entitled Why GNOME's Got it Right on OfB. Take a look and give your two cents here.

Tags: Comp/Tech

RE: Why GNOME's Got it Right
While I applaud the people who are striving to create a more user friendly WM, I have to wonder what is the simplest user interface? For me its XFCE. You can make it prettier and that's nice, but for me, XFCE makes complete sense and its a breeze to use. With all due respect to those at the Gnome HQ, they can make Gnome the easiest thing in the world as voted by 90% of the Linux users in the world, I still won't use it. And there lies the problem, personal preferences. I guess what I am trying to say in a very long winded and probably poorly written way is, there is no one "easy" way to create a WM that will be loved by all that use it. At best you can only hope that one of the Gnome groups makes Gnome easier to use from a logical sense. But to make it the easiest I.e. idiot proof? Sorry, but the idiot factory is constantly working on bigger and better versions. ;-)
Posted by Mark - Jul 30, 2004 | 4:21 PM

RE: Why GNOME's Got it Right
Let's hear it for a diversity of opinion! While the founder of Goneme enjoyed my hyperbole, he asked that we not so be some bombastic in stating the real purpose on the homepage. I've posted a clarification on the comments to your article, so a couple of items in your article will now appear to be slightly out of date, or perhaps simply missing the target (it moved). Still, good write-up.
Posted by Ed Hurst - Jul 30, 2004 | 5:42 PM

RE: Why GNOME's Got it Right
Mark: Good point about the idiot factory. ;-) Ed: I think for the most part, my arguments still apply to what's on the GoneME home page. BTW, have you read some of the comments about Ali around OS News and even KDE Dot News? It sounds like many across the community consider him a troll. That might be why GoneME isn't getting as much respect as it might otherwise seem like it should.
Posted by Timothy R. Butler - Jul 31, 2004 | 6:36 PM

RE: Why GNOME's Got it Right
I want to be able to turn on my computer and have it work. I don't mind a bit of configuration, but I have absolutely no interest in fighting the machine. Each progression of KDE caused more fighting than the previous. If I could find a distro and desktop that would "just work", I would love to switch back to gnu/linux.
Posted by kevin - Jul 31, 2004 | 7:14 PM

RE: Why GNOME's Got it Right
Hmm... I think I might have a few candidates for you, Kevin. I'm testing 'em right now... stay tuned. :)
Posted by Timothy R. Butler - Jul 31, 2004 | 8:33 PM

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