Wednesday, February 11, 2009 18:03 - GNOME
Disclaimer: this is my personal opinion, but I would say things differently if I was not that involved; also my day job has nothing to do with GNOME.
A few years ago I switched my focus from Debian to GNOME and one important difference is how there is a major involvment of companies in the GNOME project. I like to tell how there have been big errors in the past, things like Novell dumping code into GNOME once developed (the gnome-main-menu for example), but I always say things improved, as many made a policy of contributing upstream and minimizing distribution patches.
We achieved sharing code, but what about sharing a vision ?
We are not quite there, unfortunately. Fedora contributed much, primarily within its particular status as a technology/technologist playground, and it seems they have a grand vision of the GNOME desktop (but it has not been (well) communicated). Actually they may even be the only ones with a crystal clear idea about a GNOME future, and the means to achieve it; as other vendors, and individual contributors, do have ideas, of course, but not always such an all-encompassing vision, and certainly not the same manpower.
However it is very important to get back to a community vision, where comments and criticisms are not taken as stop energy; it is not good for GNOME, and not good for the Fedora GNOME hackers, to be separated.
I don't like Red Hat hackers being isolated (and it looks worse from day to day); I want a GNOME community, open to everyone; I want the Fedora vision to be more public, and I want it as a starting point of an open conversation within the community, I want a common GNOME vision, actually we need a common vision.
To get back to an old /topic, I'd say #fedora-desktop should not be the new #gnome-hackers.
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