XFCE famously dropped FreeBSD support for some functions in their file manager for example. Gnome told us to FSCK off entirely.
This is true.
Since then, I've been searching for window managers (I've already given up with full desktop environments, because they install much crap I never need and are slow). I used OpenBox quite long, because it was easy to manage.
One day being bored not trying out anything new, I installed Xmonad for fun. It was a good laugh because of the simplicity... I could not write Haskell code. I found some interesting configurations online and began to learn Haskell. After learning some basics about the functional language, I extended an existing configuration, made it more abstract and now...
I am still sitting here and have Xmonad on my desktop. I think it's the longest time I've ever used a single window manager as my personal choice. Absolutely stunning.
Maybe it'll be awesome.
No, it won't be awesome.
A while ago... the common init startup procedures have been ignored by the Linux community and they developed their own Unix-incompatible way to start the system and even pollute many common applications with it so incompatibilties will be everywhere soon. And it keeps going on with KDBUS and so on..
Now when OpenBSD touches a central library it is ultimately bad for everyone, even when they don't destroy compatibility as much as it seems. Who uses VMS or pre-Windows-2000 systems today? Most of those people don't care about a new version of SSL anyway.
I don't want to defend his rudeness (I don't like it), but when you don't find the answer in your WoT you should notice it and extend it appropriately.
Many people here understand what it means to trust a CA and we all know how big companies are treated in the US (they are not even allowed to speak about it and I always assumed that such situation you can find only in the most shittiest countries in the world).
I still prefer to trust my WoT because it is ME who gives trust to others and not some people or companies without names that I personally don't know and cannot control.
I am quite experienced in developing software (daily job for over a decade) and I wrote millions of lines of code. I don't use an IDE because I don't like to depend on much software while developing. It also helps to be portable (which is quite important!) and helps to hop to other workstations without headaches. And lastly an IDE does not have the power of a decent text editor (which is quite obvious, because such a decent text editor has been optimized for many years to support programmers and it can never compete with this massive crowd of people steadily improving things).
Fortunately, most people respect my choices because I am one of the more important developers in our company, but I can see that many companies actually force tools upon developers, which is quite bad in my opinion. Tools are always to be selected for a specific problem. Programming happens in the brain. Tools are just supporting the output. Consequently it does not depend on what tools you use to decide if you are a good developer (I admit, it can be a hint) but on the way you approach problems.
As a FreeBSD user, I laugh here silently about all your Linux problems. It's funny to see Linux distributions still use this SystemV crap, when everyone else already offers modern solutions for this. Linux does not even have an adequate devd/devfs solution, redesigned the dev-system several times and it is still bad. Now you get what you deserve... systemd and we can even laugh harder at you.
The only thing that hurts is probably that systemd might become the next hald oder consolekit which costed everyone years of development in wrong direction.
Sometimes, it would make sense to take a look at how others solve problems and learn from it (instead of re-inventing the wheel wrong the 4th time).
Gnome2 was long time my desktop until I've seen what they plan for Gnome3. I also tried Ubuntu to see how Gnome3 works. Gladly, FreeBSD did not import Gnome3 long time, so I could use Gnome2 a bit longer. But at that time I also began to learn about alternatives and notice how much crap Gnome2 and Gnome3 has running in background. I started to learn how a TRUE Xorg desktop should look like and decided that KDE and neither Gnome are like cancer to Xorg.
Someone on IRC mentioned Ion as a tiling WM. I got interested and tried it. At that time I was really lazy with configuring desktop manually. Ion3 had a license dispute with FreeBSD and it disappeared from ports. I decided not to use it, because all the resulting annoyances. But I remembered tiling WMs as being useful, IF one wants to use keyboard hotkeys.
I tried to go with Fluxbox... but it was a bit annoying at some points and I changed to the sister project Openbox. I liked Openbox very much. I also noticed that a terminal is far more important. I started to ignore file managers from now on. This has been an important change. I always preferred a desktop with a decent file manager, because one thing I considered to be annoying is doing simple file operations in the terminal. It changed to the opposite now and I rather began to think how to write efficient desktop macros and scripts to make everything more fluent. I also themed my desktop in different ways and decided NOT to use any eye candy, because it is simply not improving the usability and neither efficiency. One thing I learned with Openbox is that vertical screen space is important and that I prefer to have my windows at the left screen edge. Consequently, I've put the lxpanel at the right screen edge. What also was very important for me is to manage my desktop configuration in Git, because I re-used my desktop on other PCs and merged the differences for special parts in a way that I did not need to think about what platform I use and which host it is.
I was pretty satisfied with Openbox so far, but I decided not to sit on it all the time, because I might ignore the developing new desktops. I tried Gnome2/3 and KDE again... and found them HORRIBLE(!) after using Openbox for a longer period of time. I decided to look at other WMs and found Xmonad which people mostly laughed at as a joke being that minimalist. I tried it... and FAILED horribly... I noticed that I need to learned Haskell... at least a bit.
It took a long time... I learned some Haskell... and it is quite fun, I can tell you. I tried Xmonad again and copied some of the useful configurations. I also put them in my Git repo. I found it far easier to manage different platforms and hosts, because Haskell is a full-featured programming language.
It started as a joke... Xmonad... but after configuring the details, I can see how much more productivity and usability increased. I admit that I would not recommend to anyone to use Xmonad... by why the hell do I need to tell you what to choose or convince people about efficiency of Xmonad. This is YOUR personal preference and it always ends in annoying flamewars. I just recommend one thing... take a look at the desktops... it will take some time... and you will even need to (OMG!) actually LEARN something to use it properly.
And one thing is sure... I will never say that Xmonad is my last word... I will take a look at everything I find and never give up to give a project a chance... even KDE and Gnome (when there are some notable changes).