Why not reusing more GNOME components?

Sébastien Wilmet swilmet at gnome.org
Fri Aug 29 15:57:44 CEST 2014

On Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 05:25:14AM -0700, Matthew Brush wrote:
> Why does GNOME continue to waste efforts by duplicating everything in KDE?
> Most KDE apps are better, more powerful, and have more features than GNOME
> apps, so following your logic, GNOME should stop wasting its efforts of
> duplicating a whole separate GUI toolkit, applications and desktop
> environment and just use stuff from KDE.
> Likely the answer to that (facetious) question will answer your questioning
> of much of XFCE's existence.

GNOME and KDE don't have the same principles. KDE has too much
configuration in my opinion.

But I think Xfce and GNOME have some principles in common. And the
development platform (GLib, GTK+) is in common too.

On Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 11:40:50AM +0200, Liviu Andronic wrote:
> Xfce provides a simple, intuitive and usable environment for end users.

This sounds like GNOME principles too. The GNOME desktop and apps should
Just Work™, or with little configuration. Have a good usability (and
with GNOME 3, have also a good design). If a user really needs a
specific tool configuration not provided with a GUI, command line tools
can always be used. But the GUI should be sufficient for most users.


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