[rescue] Never thought I'd ask this
phil.stracchino at speakeasy.net
Mon Oct 22 15:21:37 CDT 2007
Jonathan C. Patschke wrote:
> On Mon, 22 Oct 2007, Mike Hebel wrote:
> When I last used FreeBSD as my desktop at work (that was, right up until
> I got tired of the whine of that Dell's fan and brought a Mac from
> home), I had a window manager that whose source was less than 16
> kilobytes. The developer has a goal of getting it down to 10k.
> That 16k got me infinite virtual desktops, window placement and
> management, and a lot of speed. I don't understand how metacity can be
> nearly five hundred times as large (not counting the fleet of libraries
> it requires), and give me a lot less in functionality, but a lot more in
> pointless eye candy.
But, but, but .... it's all ABOUT the pointless eye candy!
> Furthermore, I don't understand how the entire desktop environment
> can follow the same design principle (do less, look arguably prettier)
> and gain real traction. It's not like the file manager is as good as
> Explorer, or even the brain-damaged Finder. It's not like the widgets
> are very efficient--GNOME makes everything feel like a cramped 14" CRT.
> It's not like the apps are -fast-. All that XPM skinning and CORBA and
> desktop-announcement-bus crap makes even KDE and XFCE (for all their C++
> baggage) sprint ahead.
Amen to that. fvwm FTW.
> I mean -come on-, even Microsoft does themes better! How does this
> GNOME crap hold onto a userbase?
fiik. My best guess is people who want to be running Linux, but really
really in their heart of hearts actually want to be running Windows.
>  How big is GNOME now, anyway? >500MB?
Phil Stracchino CDK#2
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