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Re: Changes I've been thinking of...

From: Markus Hitter
Subject: Re: Changes I've been thinking of...
Date: Fri, 9 Oct 2009 17:06:45 +0200

Am 09.10.2009 um 11:27 schrieb Sergii Stoian:

"World (all stuff outside of GNUstep) acceptance of GNUstep as alternative developer framework that will help creating of alternative desktop environment."

Now I can't resist to comment either ;-)

"Platforms" aren't just a set of kernel and appropriate drivers these days, they are full functioning desktops already. So, while an alternative to Xfce / KDE / Gnome might be desireable for some people, the very most open source OS users won't bother on GNUstep applications if they don't fit into their preferred desktop environment.

As a Ubuntu user I can seamlessly install (packaged) KDE apps and use them next to Gnome apps. The same should be true for GNUstep apps.

Accordingly, work on e.g. a GNUstep terminal app is pointless, as there are two dozen other terminal apps out there already. Strongly preferring WindowMaker is plain counter productive. Insisting on a own clipboard system will do nothing but confuse users. Those dock- like miniwindows are simply annoying (for Gnome users). Command line stuff is - well many users don't know what a command line is, after all.

Integration with the neighbor's desktop is the state of the art. Even the biggies like KDE or Gnome can't afford to ignore the others.


P.S.: Currently I'm using Cocotron. Much less matured, but integrates much better. Braindead simple porting from Cocoa, standalone applications !

P.P.S.: Sorry for ranting so much. I just wanted to add another perspective.

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Dipl. Ing. Markus Hitter

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