GNOME emits 'head up the arse' desktop update
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The GNOME Project has updated its desktop barely six months after the controversial introduction of version 3.0.
GNOME 3.2 has a new online accounts manager for accessing web-based services and data storage and integrating this with the browser and other software. The new code also has a viewing application dubbed Sushi, which previews the contents of the Nautilus file manager and can display previews of images, text and PDFs.
“The GNOME 3.2 release builds on the foundations that we have laid with 3.0 and offers a much more complete experience,” said the team. “We are proud of what the GNOME community is delivering in this release, and we hope you like it.”
The GNOME project described the release of version 3.0 as ground-breaking, which in a sense it was because it polarised the Linux community like never before. Linus Torvalds was so unimpressed he announced publicly that he was dumping the project in favor of the Xfce graphical desktop interface, saying GNOME designers were demonstrating “head up the arse behavior”.
Other Linux builders were also less than impressed, but this software is being publicly supported by Canonical and Red Hat, with the latter’s chief executive Jim Whitehurst saying, in a canned statement, he was thrilled by the maturation of the interface.
The team members said that version 3.4 is planned for March 2012. ®
Ever since the Ximian "Let's make the file manager a browser and put EVERYTHING in it - it worked for Microsoft" days, Gnome has lost the thread of the story. Instead of focusing on the really good ideas: object based system using CORBA, small sharp modules that play well with each other, etc., they are now making big globs that don't play well, and making more crap "online". They are making my desktop look like my phone, ignoring the user pleas that keyboard/mouse/big screen(s) require a different user paradigm than touchscreen/no keyboard/small screen. They take working things like Totem's ATSC support, and summarily drop it in favor a a video daemon that only speaks DVB (let's ignore the third largest country in the world, shall we?) Rather than focusing on Parrot and Python for cross-platform support, they fawn all over CLR and C#, opening the system to risk of attack by Microsoft whenever it becomes convenient for Microsoft.
And Canonical isn't helping - all they want is a good way to "monitize the consumer into a revenue stream", and if making all my files live "in the cloud" and creating an app store does that, so be it.
And people wonder why Windows still owns the desktop?
For now, anyway...
The problem is, I have seen a lot of this sort of behaviour - screwing up a perfectly good user interface, and designing systems for bigger and bigger idiots. I do not want my desktop to end up looking like someone's mind map diagram.
Microsoft is also guilty - as is the KDE project. To be honest, the fact that Apple has been the least guilty party in this regard (at least as far as OS X is concerned) is tempered by the fact that I think they're scum and hate their guts. :)
With tongue firmly in cheek, I want a user interface that is like a Yorkie bar: It's not for girls.
Thanks Gnome team! Thanks to Gnome 3 release I discovered KDE and you know what? It is damn good! :)