"So what's the reality behind the flamewars? The reality is that
users and developers are being overlooked. The different actors in
this debate tend to see their own interests first, but what do the
users think? The truth is that some users prefer KDE, some others
prefer GNOME, some others enjoy WindowMaker, some others love
IceWM, some others are used to CDE, some others like AfterStep,
some others FVWM... some others just launch X and an XTerm, and
some others prefer to use the console only. And it's the same thing
for free-software developers. Some of them will prefer to program
with the LessTiff toolkit (which is a free-software equivalent to
Motif), some others with Gtk, some others with Qt."
"With Free Software, we are each provided the opportunity to
work in an environment that is as diverse as the world in which we
live. This is a unique and special opportunity, especially when
something becomes this big. GNU/Linux is growing by leaps and
bounds, bigger than ever. But GNU/Linux is not Unix, GNU/Linux is
not Windows. GNU/Linux and more generally Free-Software is
something that never happened before on this scale. Free-Software
is an enormous project that involves thousands of developers,
designers, writers and also hundreds of companies that believe in
Free-Software and that don't necessarily need uniformity.
Proprietary software is uniform because it's easier for companies
to manage one tool than several identical tools. However the
reality in the Free-Software world is that numerous development and
user environments exist because they fit different needs of
different people. If the evolution of the human species was stunted
and homoginized 50,000 years ago, we wouldn't have had many of the
benefits of evolution. The diversity, over time, in an evolving
ecology, creates higher states of order."
"So why would we start to imitate the traditional software
makers? People are different, they have special needs, let's
proclaim that the standard is KDE and GNOME and... any other
high-level free desktop environment that is good enough to make
Linux more attractive to ALL users."
"A few days ago, I proposed to the Free Standards
Group/Linux Standard Base that we consider adopting both KDE and
GNOME as the GNU/Linux standard for graphical environments.
Although the answer I received was that the LSB was not yet
covering this area (specifically: no way to have this included
in the next version of LSB), I was pleased that several
participants considered it possible. I would see this (at
least) dual adoption as a real improvement and a chance to stop all
those tiring wars. Furthermore, I see this as a more practical
solution than the current one which is to put the so-called
"problem" into the hands of the largest software companies, several
of which are not born of the open culture that gave birth to
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