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Re: Is GNOME in Free Fall?
Here's the problem: the first link's author misses the mark.
GNOME developers walked away from their existing user base, ignored the protests with 'trust us, we know better than you what you really want,' Innovation does not come from focus groups or feedback clicks. It comes from leaders with a vision who offer something beyond incremental features. Steve Jobs is the poster child for such an approach. iPod/iPhone users didn't know they needed (funny word, "need") those things until Steve built it for them.
Not every innovation is successful and "new" or "different" doesn't equal enthusiastic adoption. I have no idea if GNOME is losing users or gaining new ones; I wouldn't presume to predict whether they are poised for the future or headed off a cliff.
It's a flawed premise, though, to say that not listening to your users is a recipe for disaster.
Secondly, does it not indicate support for GNOME that there is increased development activity around some of the components, even forks of them? Don't those projects offer the potential to improve the platform vs. abandoning it for KDE or some other DE?
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said by No_Strings:not to derail, but the general consensus was that pre iPhones (basically winmo) sucked eggs and something better was needed.
iPod/iPhone users didn't know they needed (funny word, "need") those things until Steve built it for them.
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As a former frustrated user of a company-issued Samsung Blackjack II, I could not agree more.