GNOME: 10 Years Old But Did We Need It?

“This month, the GNOME project–one of two main choices when it
comes to desktop environments for Linux–celebrates 10 years of
existence. It was founded on August 15, 1997, by Miguel de Icaza
and Federico Mena Quintero.

“There are plenty of celebratory noises emanating from the
project but one needs to ask: was a second such project really
needed? Is it one more classic case of development hours being
wasted when all of it could have been ploughed into an already
existing project, the K Desktop Environment…?”