Re: Focusing on innovation re: mono, python et al

On Fri, 14 Jul 2006, Corey Burger wrote:

Hey all,

It seems that the recent discussions of mono (and to a lesser extent
python) have lost sight of two very important things: innovation and
why we are really here.

And your mail loses perspective as of how much these apps are actually
needed in a default desktop. Most of these apps are non-essential, and
belong in gnome-extras, which can depend on the language bindings...
I am not saying those apps ain't cool, because they are, I am wondering
if gnome as a project really *needs* to contain/endorse these apps.
(Obviously gnome needs apps written with the gnome framework to survive,
but that's not what this is about).

Regardless of what you think of the language they are being written
in, there are a number of very cool apps and tools being written in
various "heavy" languages. At the end of day, what GNOME is about
delivering a simple and powerful desktop to users. Python and
Mono-based apps are delivering this, in spades.

Without futher ado, to remember what this conversation is really
about, Corey's gallery of innovative and very cool Mono and Python


Image viewer, really non-essential.


Quite important IMO, but we have tracker as a replacement.


Development environment, really not needed by the majority of our users.


Same as monodevelop.


Overlapping functionality with a couple of alternatives.


Sounds like an exciting alternative to gnome-panel.


Do we really need an audio/video editor in gnome???


Or a music editor???


Usefull, ubuntu ships this.


Genealogical Research and Analysis Management Programming System >> Oh
ffs, why on earth do you think this belongs in the gnome desktop???

Gourment Recipe Manager

Or this for that matter?

So lets focus on what really matter: delivering a rocking desktop to
masses, rather than get bogged down in pendantic debates about the
merits of various platforms.

Flame away!

Ok, to sum up: this leaves us with beagle, which has an alternative
(tracker), serpentine and gimmie. As wrt the last one, this sounds like
something for the ever elusive Gnome 3.0. Also, given it's young age,
there obviously are some concerns wrt it's stability. It also may be a
candidate for reimplementation in C(?)


Please, do not just start summing up random applications as arguments, a
lot of the examples you pointed out were bad examples.

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Jan Van Buggenhout

PS: despite what's in this mail, I think a lot of those apps are cool
    apps, and pygtk and gtk# are cool developping environments (I use
    pygtk myself!).

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