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Comment Re:The 'primary' - define and discuss (Score 1) 196

1k upvotes. And yet, if you pointed GNOME devs to this simple reality you were either labeled as a 5 minute tester guy ("try it for a month, accept the new model of doing stuff and you'll be fine!" yeah, sure) or dismissed as a "hater" ("no point in discussing this with you, I'm picking up my marbles and going away" by all means!).

Comment Who would see that coming? (Score 5, Informative) 693

After I realized that no matter what the existing user base would say, the GNOME 3 developers weren't going to make Gnome Shell suitable for the good old desktop work flow (besides making it impossible to have GNOME 2 installed together with the new version ...), I started looking elsewhere. I tried several desktop environments, and then sticked to Cinnamon, a "no nonsense, it just works" shell based on the Gnome libraries.

What I noticed almost immediately was that, in spite of the GNOME devs making fun of people jumping ship and waving them goodbye, Linux Mint received more donation money in a month than GNOME in 5-6.

So there you go guys, people have voted with their feet deserting you, and with their wallets funding other, more worthwile open source projects: I'm tempted to help, just because Cinnamon is based on Gnome libraries, but the conclusion is that you reap what you have sown. No sympathy from this ex-GNOME user.


Comment Re:Probably a good thing (Score 1) 729

Yep, I also found that incredibly convenient that you have two separate clipboards with Linux, without having to install any other software.

Moved to Cinnamon a long time ago and not looking back to Gnome Shell, I only hope that don't kill the entire GNOME project since that is (was?) the foundation of Cinnamon.


Comment Re:You forgot to read before replying (Score 1) 458

We do NOT want our software to be widely used by people who contribute nothing. What good does that do us? You are not a customer. (Unless of course you are a paying customer). You are the recipient of a gift. Freeloaders using our work, while refusing to donate $10, or edit the wiki, or translate something, or run a proper test suite are NOT beneficial to OSS programmers. Quite the opposite. You're just another oddball configuration I have to support, and another piece of idiot-proofing I have to add to the GUI, with no benefit to me. We don't want it to be widely used, we want a wide base of CONTRIBUTORS.

Funny that you mention contribution: I've contributed with loads of my time to GNOME 2.x, mainly doing translation and docs but also with the occasional bug report and developer feedback, and guess what happened when I, like scores of other people following GNOME development, expressed criticism of the direction Gnome Shell was going? To use an euphemism, we were ignored and/or told to use something else. So much for the "we want CONTRIBUTORS" theory! Needless to say, I'm not a GNOME user anymore, $DEITY forbid that I hinder their vision!

Not that I subscribe to your "we want contributors, don't give **** about other kind of users" theory: if I contributed nothing but express valid criticism, well THAT'S MY CONTRIBUTION and you'd be an idiot to ignore it; vice versa, if I pay you $$$ and my suggestions are utter garbage, you'd be an idiot to accept them. Considering your attitude, perhaps you should limit circulation of your software to your closest pals and relatives, and delight them with your programming skills. The rest of the world will carry on, believe me.



Submission + - What's the best way to sync email across devices? (

Barence writes: "How many email-capable devices do you own? And how many do you use on a regular basis? That's the question posed by PC Pro's Paul Ockenden, who says it's not unusual for someone to have a work PC, a home PC, a laptop, a phone and possibly a tablet, all needing access to the same email account. Or more likely, multiple accounts. Paul runs through the best ways to sync email when you have multiple devices scattered around the home and office."

Submission + - Pakistan's PM Demands International Blasphemy Laws from UN, OIC (

eldavojohn writes: An article published in Pakistan's Daily Times contains several quotes from Pakistan's Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf indicating his intent to push for international blasphemy laws in both the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Co-operation (57 countries). These comments came shortly after Pakistan's "Day of Love for the Prophet" turned into riots that left 19 people dead and, of course, this all follows the extended trailers of "Innocence of Muslims" being translated. Questionable circumstances surround who is prosecuted under these 'blasphemy laws' and what kind of fear they instill in Pakistan's minorities. The UN's Human Rights Charter mentions protection from "religious intolerance" but also in the same sentence "freedom of opinion and expression."

Submission + - Apple vs Samsung likely to go to retrial? (

An anonymous reader writes: While there's much talk of Apple asking for more money from Samsung, there's less talk of the likelihood that the verdict will be overturned completely. Based on voir dire, and his subsequent statemetns to the press, it seems the foreman failed to follow the law.

Submission + - US patent office seeks aid to spot bogus patent claims (

startling writes: Members of the public are being asked by the US Patent Office to help weed out bogus patent applications. It wants the public to contribute to a website that will spot applications for patents on technologies that have already been invented. The website, called Ask Patents, will be run by US firm Stack Exchange that has a track record of operating Q&A websites.

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