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Feb
24
2007
17:43

Linus bashes Gnome

Analysis — It's no secret that Linus Torvalds, Linux's founder, dislikes the GNOME desktop. In 2005, for example, Torvalds posted on the GNOME-usability list that "I personally just encourage people to switch to KDE.".

(from desktoplinux.com)

This “users are idiots, and are confused by functionality” mentality of Gnome is a disease. If you think your users are idiots, only idiots will use it. I don't use Gnome, because in striving to be simple, it has long since reached the point where it simply doesn't do what I need it to do.

(Linus Torvalds)

Oh, so true!  I am a Gnome user since ancient times, but I have to agree Linus on the matter.  I've watched Gnome how it went from a powerful and configurable desktop into a toy that's only good to help you see what time is it.

Linus is complaining that Gnome developers reject patches and features (and many times even drop existing features) on the lame excuse that they are too confusing for end users.  Let me add my own small story to this.

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