Let GNOME embrace the network
Monday, June 16, 2008 15:02 - GNOME
GNOME is smart, efficient and beautiful; it was the running line for the 2.8 release, it is even more so today. I really love it and all of the improvements we get done each and every release.
Smart. Efficient. Beautiful. We got there.
We have a desktop, and people are using desktops. But that is not enough, increasingly they are also using web applications; and doing so they don't use Free Software, they don't control their data; they are at the mercy of company closing services, changing terms of services, selling their data, and so on.
The fundamental definition and goals of GNOME should be to provide smart, efficient and beautiful software; and not just desktop applications but also web applications. But the GNOME project, at the moment, is not capable of this; we do not have enough people with those skills, or interest (just look at the pain to get the new www.gnome.org or art.gnome.org going).
We need free web applications just like we needed a free operating system and a free desktop years ago.
As we are lacking skills, we have to reach out to and share our idea(l)s with existing web development communities, I do not know them all, I would like to talk about this idea with the Django people. (I'll point them to this weblog entry once I am done writing it). There are already great free software web applications, they should be considered too.
Email and calendaring (what happened to Hula btw?), weblogs, photo galleries, bookmark sharing; we need them and as they will use standard protocols and formats we will integrate them nicely into the desktop.
Bridging web applications and the desktop, that is my main point; I'll be shorter for the two other points.
My second point would be about free content, just look at OpenStreetMap and KDE Marble, closer to us GNOME folks just look at Rhythmbox and its Jamendo plug-in. Free content exists, let's bring it to the desktop.
My third point is simply to continue the trend to networked applications, hooray for AbiCollab.
Keep the existing community, interested in the desktop, bring a new community, interested in the web, shake.
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