[linux-elitists] Re: GNOME > you
Fri Jan 2 13:22:58 PST 2004
According to Jeff Waugh:
I think I get it now. Gnome 1 was a second system where the "first
system" was, more or less, the common GUI standards of the time,
esp. Windows and CDE and to a lesser extent MacOS. Its option-heavy
design was a reaction against the perceived lack of user control in
those GUIs. Gnome 2 is a reaction against that reaction, and has
apparently gone too far (again) but in the opposite direction.
I find it very revealing that the given slide presentation uses this
quote, apparently with approval:
"It's not sufficient to 'use simple words to explain things'.
Things must actually *be* simple, which is much harder."
-- Martin Pool
But the world (especially the human mental world) *is* still complex.
Any system that has designs on being an interface to that entire complex
world can't be simple and also adequate. I quote Chairman Larry to
summarize this point of view:
"Using a simple tool to solve a complex problem does not result in a
"Lispers are among the best grads of the Sweep-It-Under-Someone-
Else's-Carpet School of Simulated Simplicity. [Was that sufficiently
On the other hand, if you don't like Perl, then bucking Chairman Larry
may be considered a good sign. There's More Than One Way To Do It.
Chip Salzenberg - a.k.a. - <email@example.com>
"I wanted to play hopscotch with the impenetrable mystery of existence,
but he stepped in a wormhole and had to go in early." // MST3K
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