[linux-elitists] Re: GNOME > you

Jim Richardson warlock@eskimo.com
Sat Jan 3 23:29:14 PST 2004

On Sun, Jan 04, 2004 at 05:24:37PM +1100, Jeff Waugh wrote:
><quote who="Jim Richardson">
>> To be clear, it wasn't that it was hanging when I tried to print, I could
>> sort of undestand that, it was hanging when I fired up Gnumeric.  As you
>> can probably guess, I wasn't using the GNOME desktop, don't know if that
>> would have any effect or not. 
>> Doing a strace showed it hanging trying to contact the machine with the
>> printer, (that was 1200 miles away, and probably not on, let alone on a
>> non routable network in the first place. ) 
>AHA. Then that is 100% a bug, I should hope that it's obviously not by
>design, and it would be spurious at best to argue that this was "GNOME
>insisting that I work a particular way". Come on, big difference between a
>dumbarse bug [1] and a usability issue (yes, bugs affect usability, but I
>hope you grok my point).
>I think I can happily say "pfffft!" at this point and get away with it. Not
>that fixing your bug isn't important. :-)
>- Jeff
>[1] Jody, the Gnumeric maintainer, has an active interest in fixing printing
>problems because he was recently lumped with handling them generally. :-)

Yes, a bug does not a usability flaw make. (unless it's a feature) 

In the interests of "fairness" I have fired up GNOME and am using it
now, with sawfish as the windowmanager. (I didn't pick it, that's what
came up when I selected gnome-session from the login greeter. )

I'll play with it for a week, and see how it works, hope that counts as
willing to provide "detailed feedback" 


Jim Richardson     http://www.eskimo.com/~warlock
"We have to go forth and crush every world view that doesn't believe in
tolerance and free speech," - David Brin
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