Re: GNOME 3 Marketing - GNOME Shell
- From: Owen Taylor <otaylor redhat com>
- To: Sriram Ramkrishna <sri ramkrishna me>
- Cc: Dave Neary <dneary gnome org>, marketing-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: GNOME 3 Marketing - GNOME Shell
- Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2010 11:52:35 -0400
On Mon, 2010-03-29 at 17:52 -0700, Sriram Ramkrishna wrote:
> I agree, thanks for doing this. I do have some questions, but I'm not
> sure if this is the right forum to address this. If there are attacks
> on the GNOME 3 experience it will be with perceived (or real)
> regressions. How do we address these issues?
I really don't like the term regression - I think people often use it to
conflate two things:
1) Bugs that come back because of poor testing or development
2) A new version of a program that doesn't meet their needs as
well as a previous version.
I don't expect the first to be a problem for GNOME 3 - all Metacity bug
fixes should carry forward cleanly into Mutter. But there are certainly
going to be some areas where people will be vocally upset.
* Ability to run on old hardware.
There's nothing much to do about this other than to provide a clear
message - that to provide a desktop that is a compelling alternative to
other operating systems, that will last for the next 5-10 years, we have
to take advantage of the graphical power of modern hardware.
And that we will work well on virtually all hardware manufactured in the
last 5 years.
We can also point to various alternative desktops built on GNOME
technology - whether that's the continuing ability to run the GNOME 2
panel and window manager, or to XFCE and LXDE.
* Ability to put launchers and applets onto the panel.
* Ability to configure your panels in unusual ways
Here the story is really two parts - the first part is that a dynamic,
simplified panel is a core part of the design, and that we think it
provides a better experience. That the functionality previously provided
by putting launchers in your panel is better accomplished by the
The second part of the story is extensions - extensions have always been
meant to be the escape-hatch for people who aren't satisfied with being
handed a fixed desktop configuration; who want to tinker and try new
things. Unfortunately, I don't think we'll have a fully working
extension ecosystem by the time of the GNOME 3.0 release.
My hope is that we can get back roughly to the status quo by the time of
the GNOME 3 release - but I'm not very satisfied with the status quo.
I think the main marketing message we can do here is simply to be clear
about expectations and what we are working on.
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