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Old 02-17-2007, 08:46 PM   #1
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LXer: Linus fires latest shot in GNOME Wars

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Some bad blood between Linus Torvalds and GNOME developers is flaring up again. Previously, Torvalds has said that Linux users should switch to KDE instead of GNOME because of the GNOME team's "users are idiots" mentality. Now he has "put his money where his mouth is" by submitting patches to the GNOME Print Dialog in order to have it behave as he likes. [Nyah! My GUI is better than your GUI! - dcparris]

Old 02-17-2007, 08:58 PM   #2
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I'm a Gnome user, and that's not going to change because of anything Linus says. Linus Torvalds is a hero, and all that, but I think he's getting old and conservative. I don't really care what he thinks about Gnome-KDE, but I am particularly disappointed in his attitude about the GPL3.

I think he has decided, along with ESR, that a larger user base is most important because it will make them richer. I don't have a problem with people wanting to be rich, but how rich is rich enough. It seems to me that Torvalds and Raymond are doing quite well, indeed.

I don't always agree with Richard Stallman either, but the one point on which I am in absolute lock-step with him is on the importance of a viable FOSS operating system. It doesn't have to have a large user base, and it can lag behind the cutting edge, but it has to be viable.

I fear that Torvalds's positions are aimed at a unified Linux OS that large corporate interests can control, and that is a very bad idea.
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Originally Posted by rickh
Torvalds is a hero, and all that, but I think he's getting old and conservative.
And that be moot if true for he is entitled to his opinion, and further entitled to encourage others to share his view, you can agree or not agree as you feel lead....and I use Gnome myself.

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