I am doing something wrong now, I know it, but oh well whatever. First I wanted to write something up about the parallels of Rousseau's political theory and all this fuzz about community and decisions. Second I told myself to just not post a statment because I bet people will surely get it wrong and try to deduce my position on that affair from what I am going to write now. Be warned, don't do it! Well anyway here we go: In response to
- Profit:There is no damn natural law that businesses are there to make profit. What's the problem with break even? Go and watch The Corporation and see that even in the US it hasn't always been that way or read Profit over People
- Time: I still have to fix a lot of bugs that were introduced because bad desicions were made under time preasure. People *always* tell me: "But next GNOME release is only in 6 month!" Don't get me wrong here, I can see the point ...
- Users: So I hate that target group argument. Really. We should not have a target group but a target, or better a vision. I prefer the "make a damn rocking desktop" vision to the "get many many users" vision. Especially because we can achieve the second one by having the first one. (Again, don't get me wrong, 10x10 rocks.) And about that "don't let us hacker design the UI". Well I might not be a good designer at all, but I still feel that I can judge if I like the results or not. (I love nld10's panel btw.) I actually want to make a desktop that most people just love to work with, including us hackers. I mean think about how this whole linux thing started. I totally agree with the theory that software development is about passion. If I should spent my engery into GNOME, I want it tp be fun. I want a rocking desktop for myself!
To sum it up (in a declamatory way): In the first place I want a rocking desktop, not a good product. But thanks soo much Novell, Red Hat, VMware, Scalix ... for paying all the great people in the GNOME community for doing that.
Sorry for the bad english this time I was under time preassure :)