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A month or so ago we ran a tongue-in-cheek article suggesting GNOME give up on the desktop and for the sake of unity focus on one desktop and concentrate on writing great apps. Of which there are many.

As a publicity stunt the author of one of these, the 'Pimply Ass Newsreader', Charles Kerr, named the latest release of PAN 'Andrew Orlowski can kiss my ass'. We responded by considering him for Flame of The Week - a tricky decision as submissions actually need to be genuine emails to us, and Kerr hadn't actually written in.

Holli Kerr, who we presume to be Charles Kerr's spouse, seems share his need for attention, sending this to The Reg's Managing Editor Tony Smith:

Charles sent me a copy of your um reporter's articles nuking Gnome, as well as the Flame of The Week award article. Very amusing. I'm so glad that he
will see some material gain from his countless hours spent debugging old source code and leaving me stranded alone in bed.

For this reason, I want a T-shirt too... that black vulture one... I think it would be justifiable. I'll have you know that he took the Gnome article very personally (it was one of those days) and *I* had to put up with it.

Holli Kerr

We'd have certainly have offered you a T-shirt if either of you had been bold enough to mail me directly. Worryingly, after Kerr misread the original to be a personal attack he then misread our humorous follow-up too, assuming he'd won FoTW. Oops.

(In fact so pleased with himself was Kerr, he rather prematurely broadcast his "award" at LinuxToday and GNOME.org.)

So no T-Shirt. ®

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