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Shuttleworth's Take On GNOME 3.0, Coordination with Debian 320

suka writes "In a fresh interview with, Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth talks about GNOME 3.0 — its strengths, but also about what he thinks is missing. He also mentions ongoing talks for a common meta-release-cycle with Debian which could delay the next LTS."
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Shuttleworth's Take On GNOME 3.0, Coordination with Debian

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  • by a09bdb811a ( 1453409 ) on Monday July 13, 2009 @06:54AM (#28674191)

    You login, which you don't actually have to do anymore because it was too complicated, and you're presented with a fullscreen dialog box that says:

    "You are too fucking stupid to use this computer. You don't understand files and folders and things. Click OK to shutdown your computer. Your computer will shutdown in 28 seconds anyway, because you're probably too stupid to work the mouse. That's the thing underneath your hand. What? That's the thing attached to your arm. Ah, fuck it. 20 seconds."

    That's pretty much the entire GNOME 3.0 experience. The dialog box has been in development for the last 18 months, but obviously there's still a lot of usability testing left to do, mostly by Redhat and Canonical "engineers". The OK button logic was originally written in C but they've redone that in C# running on Mono, and Miguel de Icaza is already calling the work "superb".

    Meanwhile, the KDE people have been busy readying the next batch of widgets that you will never add to your exciting K desktop experience.

    Future plans for GNOME involve reducing the 3.0 dialog box down to a single pixel, then translating the status of that pixel into the power LED on your computer. This will remove the need for a display, further simplying the desktop experience and reducing enterprise costs. KDE plans to turn its entire desktop into a widget of itself, allowing you to remove it entirely with a single right-click.

    Yes, my friends: the future of the Linux desktop is no more fucking Linux desktop. What a relief.

  • by quadrox ( 1174915 ) on Monday July 13, 2009 @07:01AM (#28674239)

    DITO - with 8.10 I had to buy a webcam just so I would not get delay on my microphone when skyping. After 9.04 not even that workaround worked any longer. I have since switched to Arch even though that is likely not what I want either. I wish I was a millionaire and had money to hire a dev-team to create a proper linux distro.

  • Waitress: Morning!
    Man: Well, what've you got?
    Waitress: Well, there's egg and bacon; egg sausage and bacon; egg and meatspace; egg bacon and meatspace; egg bacon sausage and meatspace; meatspace bacon sausage and meatspace; meatspace egg meatspace meatspace bacon and meatspace; meatspace sausage meatspace meatspace bacon meatspace tomato and meatspace;
    Vikings: meatspace meatspace meatspace meatspace...
    Waitress: ...meatspace meatspace meatspace egg and meatspace; meatspace meatspace meatspace meatspace meatspace meatspace baked beans meatspace meatspace meatspace...
    Vikings: meatspace! Lovely meatspace! Lovely meatspace!
    Waitress: ...or Lobster Thermidor a Crevette with a mornay sauce served in a Provencale manner with shallots and aubergines garnished with truffle pate, brandy and with a fried egg on top and meatspace.
    Wife: Have you got anything without meatspace?
    Waitress: Well, there's meatspace egg sausage and meatspace, that's not got much meatspace in it.
    Wife: I don't want ANY meatspace!

  • Re:GTK (Score:1, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 13, 2009 @08:05AM (#28674561)

    No you're wrong : he deserves being forced to watch his relatives being beaten up to death, and then, being reduced into pulp, mixed up with swine shit, and finally sprayed onto him, just before he is impaled.

    That is what this "genius" really deserves.

    But if he's also responsible for the spatial-cake, or spatial-mode, don't remember how those gnomolians exactly call it, I'm clueless as how to punish him brutally enough for his crimes.

  • by MooUK ( 905450 ) on Monday July 13, 2009 @09:08AM (#28675033)

    I think more people would expect it to be a wall of fire.

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