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OfB.biz: Examining GoneME

Aug 01, 2004, 09:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Timothy R. Butler, Ed Hurst)

Why GNOME's Got it Right

"Last week, some developers disagreeing with the direction of the GNOME Project decided to create what appears to be the beginning of a fork of the project--GoneME. Like many from KDE Project and elsewhere in the community, GoneME's major complaints boil down to what has proven to be GNOME's most controversial move: simplifying the user interface. While naysayers, including the GoneME developers, seem to feel that the simplification of the interface, undertaken with the encouragement of such GNOME leaders as Havoc Pennington of Red Hat, is actually just 'dumbing down' the interface, I think these critics are actually missing the point completely..."

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Stirring the GNOME Fires

"I'm just an aspiring writer. Most of my stuff will never see the light of day, outside a small circle of friends. When I write for that tiny, narrow audience, I often take a good bit of license and engage in hyperbole, dramatic overstatement, and loads of sarcasm. I keep asking when the folks at W3C are going to include an attribute for sarcasm, because most people won't detect it unless they know the writer. My blog entry about the birth of GoneME was full of noise, and bit of substance thrown in for good measure..."

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