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Mar 09, 2011, 17:02 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aaron Seigo)

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"Dave Neary published a blog post about some of the challenges experienced with GNOME and Canonical working together. I'm not going to put myself in the middle of that particular tempest-in-a-teapot, but when I got to the point in Dave's blog where he justified GNOME not picking up the appindicator work I cringed and then cringed some more. For you see, the appindicator story is not so much about GNOME and Canonical as it is about GNOME and the rest of the free software desktop ecosystem and the regressive behavior being demonstrated there.

"There was a time when most everyone was really trying hard to close the interoperability gaps between different Free software stacks, and freedesktop.org was one place to achieve that. People were engaged in creating improvements for things that weren't as good as they should be and sharing the results between projects so that our users not only got improvements, but got to enjoy those improvements in all their Free software applications. Those days seem to be receding into the past however as GNOME seems increasingly content to "do their own thing". It's like they have lost sight of the goal of a coherent experience for users of Free software regardless of the applications they choose to use."

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