6 Mar 2004 CharlesGoodwin   » (Journeyer)

I just dropped my car keys 3 times between getting out of the car and the 5 yards to my front door. Sleeping improperly really does affect motor control and I'm just glad the mistakes were that trivial and not occuring from behind the wheel. Must not drive tired.

Also I think I'm obsessive. I was pissed off that I didn't have any worthwhile email after my 4 and a bit hours of sleep.

Now it is a choice between going for a run and going back to bed. I should go for a run... but sleep is so nice.

Just saw MisterP's comments on BURT and emailed him about GnuCash which sounds like a closer match.

Speaking of GnuCash, the GNOME Office list has been alive this week with discussions on how GnuCash could use parts of GO and vice versa. It started off really well but the deteriorated a little as linas went off on a bit of a tangent, writing off the Gnome-DB project for use by GnuCash (or more specifically, QOF, a project spawned by GnuCash) by:

  1. Confusing the role of libgda ("my project is better than your project" - no, it's different)
  2. Judging libgda using 2-years-ago experiences of (what was then an immature) gnome-db instead of the current state of the project

All along Rodrigo (rodrigo) kept politely pointing out QOF might be able to use libgda rather than manually do all the datasource abstraction work itself. He did well to stay civil.

Anyway, it seems that the GnuCash/QOF guys are intent on doing everything the hard way. Which is amazing considering the barely-dated statements regarding the state of the GnuCash project. There's no indication that they will compromise or be pragmatic about anything. The GnuCash team have admirable goals for the project, but they're just so unrealistic for the short/medium term.

My opinion: AbiWord and Gnumeric (and even Gnome) have become great applications by setting realistic goals and achieving them relatively quickly. GnuCash has floundered by setting ludicrous targets, taking years to get there, and then wondering why the project is so far behind the rest of the field. But they'll tell you it's because of a lack of developers and manpower.

We're not going to see GnuCash2 this year which is a crying shame, especially when the developers claim that, "Our users are everything." The users want a Gnome2 port! Now! Not a robust, multi-user, server-client, swiss-army-knife, uber-majig.

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