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Re: Camaelon <-> GNUstep

From: Richard Frith-Macdonald
Subject: Re: Camaelon <-> GNUstep
Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2006 10:56:16 +0100

On 25 Aug 2006, at 10:16, Marc Brünink wrote:

Hi all,

I guess everybody knows it already:-) Yesterday evening we installed etoile on Solaris 10. And it was the first time we took a look at Camaelon. Now I just have to yell across the list:

Actually Camaelon fixes one of the three things I really hate about GNUstep. I will express it in 4 tiny letters: G R E Y

The GNUstep GUI has had user definable colors for a very looong time. You can change colors on a per-user (or per application for a user) basis by simply adding new system color specifications in the defaults system See the NSColor documentation.

Now I'm wondering why this was not synced into GNUstep yet. Actually I did not look at the code but I guess it is gooood code.

Because Nicolas was not happy with the state of his Camaelon code, and wanted to reworlk it before merging it in, and hasn't found time.

Sometimes I have the feeling that every third email on this list is about having not enough developers. And how to attract more. I think this is pretty easy: Do not use grey! Its not about the codebase and clean or functional code at all. Its about the look and feel. If it looks bad most of the people will not even look deep enough to see the code. They will just vanish. However if we have a good look and feel (without installing an additional bundle) people will come, take a look take a closer look and finally will see the code. Even if everything is broken: At least they have seen it! And the most important thing: They will come back.
(Do anyone remember the gorm 1.0 announcement at slashdot?)

I *like* the default scheme much more than other systems... so I find the argument about changing the look to attract developers very unconvincing. However, providing screenshots of alternative color schemes won't do any harm and might help.

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