I started to use my binarydoodles account on Twitter[link] also because often i have no time to write a real post; at least i can keep information flow once in a while instead of a long silence; i got my idea from what linux hater made recently[link],though i had my twitter account idle for more than one year.
[the problems of the linux desktop in particular unity but not only]
Despite my support for AROS i usually give a look also in what still happen in the open source universe and linux, that – whether we like it or not – is one of the sources of most of the software that is ported on the Amiga and like OSes nowadays;and that also brought in Amigaland the well known licensing issues that we know, so that those are also having their influence on the Amiga/MorphOS and, mainly, AROS community – think at software that cannot be put together with the contrib trunk due to incompatible licensing (mostly GPL), else Ambient might already have been ported, but including a GPL code or even linking a library (in some cases under GPL 3 even some method of wrapping calls AFAICR) will change the target program license to GPL, due to the (purposedly high) virality;
but is not about the licensing issues that am going to talk: recently some movement happened in the Desktop, specifically with the releases of GNOME 3 and Unity, being the latter one a new environment developed in-house by Canonical, the publishers of the Ubuntu linux distro.
Both the new environments shows someway a focus toward the new tablet environment; both use compositing heavily and both are more oriented towards bringing focus to the user towards a single task at the time; both also have different things that – surely and hopefully – will be taken care of in the next future but, first of all, let me notify you that i had no way to test those environments; most of the thing are heard through sites; however, something that i see as common trait is what i call an idealist design approach – with that i mean that functionalities and guidelines are written and coded not with users real needs in mind but more with an ideal landscape or an ideal usage in mind, therefore not providing or making complicated to use all the features a typical non-developer-getting-things-done user might need to access; this is not at all something new in linuxland: recent episodes were the debut of KDE 4 [link] (more a fault of distros that provided it prematurely, than the team itself though) and the sometimes arrogant attitude of Pidgin developers [link ot old binarydoodles]: is kinda known there is a disconnect between users and developers – actually a deeper one between users and evengelists: a good amount of them try to convince users to jump boat regardless of whether linux fit their needs; problem is that the typical unix way of doing things that has also been inherited from linux but is still around on some way is pretty different from the typical user way of interacting with the computer: requires a discrete amount of knowledge and – if i dare say – guts
A sad thing about a good amount of the community development around linux IMO is that software and licenses are used as a political tool and let foresee some kind of political agenda behind;
starting with this link but going on also with this link and from the same author this link ;
[kalamatee and the new wanderer]
[super tux cart – tommywright model]