Re: GNOME: lack of strategic roadmap


Juanjo Marin wrote:
> * GTK is losing popularity. It is perceived by a lot of people as old
> and difficult. I think we need any kind of action on this area because
> is a cornerstone issue. Less programmers means less applications and
> contributions. We need to care of our platform users in the same way we
> care of our desktop users. Some people has pointed this in the past, eg
> [1]

Perhaps the fact that GTK+ is seen as a cornerstone issue is a
cornerstone issue... there's no specific reason why GTK+, FLTK or EFL
would do the job just as well of providing a toolkit. What's important
to GNOME is the vision and the philosophy of open access, but that
vision has somehow lost the hustle that comes from homesteading.

> * It seems we have lost the mobile battle. Can we do something about it
> or simply retreat?. I like the idea of creating more components and some
> of this components can be added to the GNOME mobile platform.

Have we lost the mobile battle? It certainly appears that GTK+ has lost
the mobile battle, but all of the hard work that GNOME hackers have put
into the middleware platform and components like Gstreamer, Dbus,
Telepathy and Pulseaudio are now cornerstone parts of both the free
desktop and the mobile platform.

I would agree that the GNOME GUI platform is not exciting application
developers right now, and that's something we need to fix. And it's not
an easy problem.


Dave Neary
GNOME Foundation member
dneary gnome org

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