GNOME and Regressions
Monday, January 12, 2009 10:41 - GNOME
Years ago, I was not in the same position, but I looked at Project Utopia and oh it was so cool, kernel and user-space communicating to achieve a grand goal, look you can plug your camera and then there is this event generated by the kernel and then there is HAL and then there is gnome-volume-manager and voila there is gthumb opening on your desktop. It sure was better than mangling with permissions in /dev/, hacking hotplug scripts, and, for mass-storage systems, the disk-mount applet.
Did we speak of regressions back then? I do not think so, there was a vision and it was well communicated and everybody was happy reading new Robert Love posts on HAL, udev, g-p-m and co.
Things change. Robert writes about the economy and the excitement should now build on "statistics on power usage will now also be aggregated when waiting in gdm". Mmmm, so exciting!
Nobody spoke of regressions back in Utopia time, it was all enthousiasm, "Next stop Utopia, full steam ahead"; it was well understood the effort encompassed lots of components and it was worth it.
"You won't have power statistics any longer if you do not have udev 130"; and then nobody is allowed to tell it is a "regression", "such a loaded term", "stop-energy", "you do not see it is progression", etc.
I believe in discussion, I believe ignoring comments just because the dreaded "regression" word was used is not a good idea; what could be done instead? I have two points:
- We should explain the benefits, the tradeoffs, see for example Richard post on DeviceKit-power latency control; hopefully people will see where we are heading, and agree on the direction.
- When necessary (and it will be difficult to judge, listen to users, listen to downstream contributors), we should keep previous code as a legacy component, it may well be unmaintained, and certainly won't get new features, but will avoid people shouting about disappearing features.
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