Re: Getting to Topaz (Was Re: getting on a longer release cycled)

Travis Reitter wrote:
So, adjusting 1. to "Unique, focused, user-centric benefits" (instead of
the too-vague "concepts"/"major features that sound cool"), how do you
(and everyone else) think the plan sounds now?

I think the best shot at this would be to gather a small group that agrees on some audience they want to try and do stuff for, and just start doing it; I'm not sure how the overall GNOME boat can be turned up front, it's probably not possible. The small group would have to be prepared for potentially large divergence from the existing gnome-panel/nautilus/etc. desktop codebase - they would need to be open to doing very different things either instead or in addition, if that made sense to provide the benefits to the audience.

Unfortunately a lot of people have the IMNSHO insane theory that the above sort of stuff is "too specific" for something "general purpose" which is sort of like saying a "hammer" is too specific so our product should be "a tool."

The "Big Question", then, is whether Gnome could support many
significantly different user profiles (like all the ones listed above,
and many others) _really well_, and not just wandering into the
"mediocre middle". Is it possible?

In my opinion no, the only way to do lots of these different things at once is basically to have a set of distinct codebases. The codebases may share code, community, and community infrastructure; that sharing is what I'd say "GNOME" should be. Right now "GNOME" = gnome-panel/nautilus/etc. instead.


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