Re: Gnome 3 Extensions/Themes Website?

On 11/06/2011, Bidossessi SODONON <bidossessi sodonon yahoo fr> wrote:
> I understand the need for a strong brand for Gnome3, but you also have
> to understand why people install Gnome3 or any other open-source DE:
> Freedom.
> Now your argument "seems" to want to take freedom away from users for
> branding purposes; which makes gnome3 look like a product you're trying
> to sell, where gnome2 won me (and corporate users) on merit alone.
> Extension are not about changing the gnome UX. they are about taking
> control, which is what FOSS is about. You can only expect knee-jerk
> reactions from people who have taken the FOSS philosophy at heart.
> I expect major distros like Redhat or Suse to "brand" their DE somehow.
> It's natural, and they have to respond to the requests of their users.
> Until a GNOME distro appears, I believe the designers should not really
> worry about hindering anybody, but concentrate on acheiving the best UI
> they can.
> In the same vein, they should not worry about making it easy(ier) for
> third-parties to add extensions either. Changing OSS software comes with
> some responsibilities that the changers should carry.
> As far as I have seen, most extensions solve specific issues for those
> who find them relevant, be it cosmetic (slimmer bar) or work-flow
> oriented (workspaces). Distros should make sure to make this is clearly
> stated, and avoid bunching extensions.
> I think it's a good thing that whatever one finds not to one's taste,
> one can change, EVEN IF IT GOES AGAINST THE DEV PLAN. If it catches,
> then it answers a real need, and can be assessed later on; if it doesn't
> catch, then it doesn't matter anyway.
> I like Gnome, for my own reasons, not because I've read and adhered to
> the Gnome Grand Design. If I can adjust the way it works to fit ME as a
> person even more, I will; and I don't expect the gnome devs to make it a
> law. That's the strength I find in extensions/themes. Marketing them
> should not be Gnome's job, but the distros/packagers. Up to them to find
> the best way to make them discoverarble, but in no way should it be
> Gnome's duty.
> Sorry for the long-winded post.
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I find this whole thread quite funny.

As if it's in any way likely that there will be a way to restrict
production of enhancements for G3 when G3 is Open Source and there's a
demand for DE enhancements and themes.

When the original flavours of Compiz got released the amount of press
coverage it got was huge, because eye candy is what attracts people
(don't believe me - then explain why Supermodels get paid what they
do).  The G3 as a solid foundation is great, I don't agree with quite
a few things in the design but I'm sure they're there for good
reasons, however if people really think that enhancements and themes
won't appear they're being incredibly short sighted.

Just my 2 cents and I won't engage in debating this as only time will
tell if I'm right.

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