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Re: Changes I've been thinking of...
Thu, 08 Oct 2009 00:34:39 +0200
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I just read Richard's answer.. and I have to say I agree mostly with it.
Gregory Casamento wrote:
Agreed. I like the look, but the information in it is sparse, not well
The website has to appeal to a broad range of people: New users,
developers, recurring users...
I personally feel that quite some information is there, but needs to be
checked and made be better available.
There are a number of things which need to change on the project:
We need to:
1) improve our website. It's been the same for years and doesn't
reflect our progress.
For example the download page is something people expect, yet it is
confused. We have mirrors, do we still have them?
If, then I'd expect something like:
<package 1> [download version 1 main site]
[download version 1 mirror 1]
[download version 1 mirror 2]
<package 2> [download version 2 main site]
[download version 2 mirror 1]
[download version 2 mirror 2]
Just to make one of the many examples.
We had a very good improvment with the software index, but still some
information is dispersed between the site and the wiki.
Let's do things gradually. Not just because I think the default look is
good, but because this is generally an open problem.
I agree mainly with Richard, I think it is good for themes to be
available, but it is not really necessary to change the default theme.
2) improve GNUstep's default theme as well as theming in general.
While I know some people will respond negatively to changing the
default theme from a NeXT-like look to something more modern, I
believe it's one way for us to spark interest in the project is to
update it's look. The current look should always be available, but
not necessarily the default.
- GSTheme needs to be improved and GUI with it. THere are soem things
which are difficult to theme
- Thematic should track the above
- We need the ability to bundle Application and Document icons to make a
theme. I proposed that to some people but got no feedback. I intend that
it would be nice for a theme to supply new icons for several programs.
It is a feature that has drawbacks in consistency, but "themers" like
that a lot I believe!
- These themes, color schemes, bundles should be bundled in dedicated
pages on sites for easy access (I think here for example in etoile, and
GNUstep itself, in GAP I made a prototype of what I have in mind)
I released two early versions of themes and worked on a third (available
in CVS). They work, but are very incomplete, also because several
components need to be easier to theme, some settings need to be made
independent (mainly colors for example)
Then I may add that as much as I like our default theme, it can be
improved. Not newly "designed", but we are not good as OpenStep at all!
Some of our icons are missing, some are nice but not in the NeXT style.
So I believe that to improve on the theme side there are several tasks
to complete before even discussing "change the default theme".
Since this is an issue people have opinions about, let's procrastinate.
Working on the rest is already very interesting and promising!
3) Improve our ability to market ourselves in general.
One thing that GNUstep has been lacking in is marketing. I've been
trying to improve things on that front, but I'm not the best marketer
to say the very least.
Marketing is difficult! But yes, we need to work on that. I tried to
market GNUstep professionally a couple of times and I found criticism or
- Windows compatibility (yes it is important!)
- integration (thus in this case theming in the sense of blending with
windows, more than the pure joy of ricing)
- ease to package on windows (currently it is difficult to make a single
- incompleteness of some appealing applications
- bad packaging in the Distro X (where X was the choice of the customer...)
well more spots, but those are of note.
I think we actually do well. The fact is that even if our core package
improved a LOT, just reading some 4 years old mails shows that for the
Joe average user or developer progress has been not very visible... and
what was there is not that well shown on the website.
Does anyone have any questions or comments regarding this? I would
like to hear any and all input people have.
I think other points we need to work on:
- make some useful applications more complete, less buggy... we have
tons of them, before even starting new ones. Let me cite:
- ProjectCenter (the upcoming version is so much better.... try svn
trunk, but not there for a release)
- GNUMail: a nice application, that is bitrotting
- many others, text editors, etc
I also think we should devlop, document and make more prominent:
- GNUstepWeb. I got asked about that
- gdl2 and the other database related stuff inclduing the Gorm palettes.
People loved that at Fosdem
- did I mention packages in Linux and BSD? :)
Did you notice that there were people asking question and interest on
the Mailing list and on IRC? Let's keep that interest awake, reply nicely.
Re: Changes I've been thinking of..., Riccardo Mottola, 2009/10/07
Re: Changes I've been thinking of..., Richard Frith-Macdonald, 2009/10/08
Re: Changes I've been thinking of...,
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Re: Changes I've been thinking of..., Philippe Roussel, 2009/10/07
Re: Changes I've been thinking of..., Tim Kack, 2009/10/08
RE: Changes I've been thinking of..., T.J. Yang, 2009/10/08
- Re: Changes I've been thinking of..., (continued)
- Re: Changes I've been thinking of..., Nicola Pero, 2009/10/08
- Re: Changes I've been thinking of..., Richard Frith-Macdonald, 2009/10/08
- Re: Changes I've been thinking of..., Stef Bidi, 2009/10/08
- Re: Changes I've been thinking of..., Gregory Casamento, 2009/10/09
- Re: Changes I've been thinking of..., Lars Sonchocky-Helldorf, 2009/10/08