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10 points for Gnome from Acts of Volition. I look forward to the interface critique, usually very constructive criticism.

I’d agree that the Gnome mailing lists are sensitive to being told that Linux UIs tend to look like throw-backs. However, much of the UI work that is being done is the low level stuff. Linux was not focused on desktop use for a long time. This means that it is still impersonating other operating systems in many ways. One way to look at this is to ask, why bother to find new ways to solve problems that have been solved well already? I don’t think there is much point. Copy what is there now and then use the time saved to innovate once the basics are there.

Once you have the basics, you can then move on to building on them. The Gnome basics are now all there and becoming a rock solid base to build on. The next year or so should show some exciting activity, now we have a great foundation to build from. Can’t wait to see what’s around the corner…

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