[linux-elitists] GNOME > you

Jay Sulzberger jays@panix.com
Wed Dec 31 13:48:55 PST 2003

On Thu, 1 Jan 2004, Jeff Waugh wrote:

> <quote who="Karsten M. Self">
> > That's an attitudinal death spiral.  Your own current satisfaction with
> > the project appears to be directly at odds with its stated goals.
> Ah, but that's where you miss the results of the attitude. Why do you think
> so many Free Software developers have defected to Mac OS X? One huge reason
> is that it "Just Works". While the primary target audience for a system like
> that is *not* developers, it has an incredibly compelling flow-on effect.
> It turns out, that coders and productive geeks actually care more about what
> they're doing than how they're doing it - just like those "normal" people.
> But they can only reach that point by dipping their toes in the water. That
> is what we want to see happen with GNOME. Right now, you're hooked on all
> the "how I do it" stuff, but with a taste of the usability kool-aid, and the
> realisation that you just want to get shit done, suddenly it all starts to
> make sense. You're treating the computer the same way your Mum does. Great.
> It is not that we don't listen to developers (and I would add "geeks"), but
> we understand that they are a fundamentally miniscule minority in the global
> audience of computer users. Their input is interesting, but doesn't have a
> strong representative quality when you're looking at solving the Greatest
> Common Factor problems (*NOT* the Lowest Common Denominator).
> Happy "still no flying cars yet" New Year,
> - Jeff

Certainly your General Inter-Process Communication Solution should allow me
to make myself a conventionally arranged system of 'config files'.  I look
forward to this small hack.


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