Re: question for candidates

On Wed, 2011-05-25 at 11:10 -0700, Andy Tai wrote:
> As Fedora is the only current GNU/Linux distribution adapting GNOME
> 3.0 as the default desktop, how would you facilitate to make GNOME
> technologies to work well (meaning minimal local patching needed) on
> other GNU/Linux distributions like Debian

I don't see a big difference here to the situation with GNOME 2, but
maybe I'm not aware of specific issues - Can you please elaborate if
something has become worse with GNOME 3 (which of course does not rule
out to improve this even if nothing has become worse)?

Other distributions will ship GNOME3 by default with their next release
(e.g. openSuse 12.1), or the release after the next one (e.g. Mageia 2),
or make GNOME3 available via providing additional sources (e.g. Ubuntu's
GNOME3 PPA for 11.04 or openSuse's GNOME3 repository for 11.4).

> , and such distributions which may work on components competing with
> certain parts of GNOME, such as Ubuntu?

Canonical seems to seek for differentiation in terms of user experience
(maybe in combination with differing ideas of development models, but I
don't want to speculate on their motivation) and it's a pity that while
they share our vision of a great desktop easy to use for everybody they
chose a different technical approach.

Again, the GNOME community should embrace and welcome all distributions
to get involved in any (but not only) technology related discussions,
while sticking to technical arguments.
I'm mentioning this as some recent postings on desktop-devel-list felt
rather political (distributions/companies) than technical, by not
treating positions as opinions of individuals but as employees of
companies. I consider the latter harmful.

>   And how would you facilitate to make GNOME 3 run well on other free
> OS environments, especially the BSD based ones, like OpenBSD and
> FreeBSD?

I think I've covered my position in response to the GNOME OS thread:

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