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Month: April, 2005

Bad Movies

Which is worse: Disgraced Navy SEAL Shane Wolf (Vin Diesel) is handed a new assignment: Protect the five Plummer kids from enemies of their recently deceased father or Tommy Lee Jones stars as a Texas Ranger who must protect a group of 5 cheerleaders who have witnessed a murder? I think The Pacifier is victorious […]

Structural changes

I think some people were confused about what I meant by “structural” changes. I’m talking about things on the scale of whether apps involve windows, dialogs, and menus (and thus whether there’s a window manager, and which widgets are found in the GUI toolkit). Another example might be removing files from the user model (including […]


Ah geez, again I foolishly fail to remember that phrasing things a certain way results in Slashdot articles which inevitably have misleading headlines and summaries. For the record, my point is not that we should do a GNOME 3 (especially right now), and it definitely isn’t that I personally intend to do a GNOME 3. […]

6-month cycle

Adding to my previous post a bit, regarding the 6-month cycle: I don’t think going 6 to 9 months is at all useful for enabling GNOME 3. GNOME 3 is a bigger effort than that. We should pick the release cycle to benefit GNOME 2, not GNOME 3. And I think GNOME 2 is running […]


My take on the GNOME 3 discussion is that we have multiple goals at the moment which are truly in conflict. On the one hand, we have the fairly traditional desktop of today, with some growing userbase, and it’s important not to break it. Most of the employed-to-work-on-GNOME developers are focused on this. On the […]


Aaron, there is no standards committee or standards body at freedesktop.org. freedesktop.org right now is the equivalent of Sourceforge, essentially, except that projects have to be desktop-related. I fully agree with outreach and that is what the successful projects have done. e.g. for fontconfig, Keith Packard went and talked to GTK+, Qt, Mozilla and even […]


Aaron, I don’t really get your post on some level. I feel I’m missing something. The whole argument I’ve been repeatedly making on xdg list is that GNOME will not adopt a “D-Conf” unless it’s actually better than GConf, and of course Waldo says the same with respect to KConfig. For the record, I don’t […]


In an earlier post I mentioned the book On Intelligence, the author Jeff Hawkins has now started a company called Numenta. This is what I wanted to do when I was in school – take a reverse-engineering pragmatic approach to figuring out how to copy human intelligence. I couldn’t figure out how to do it […]


I’ve been trying to get “D-Conf” discussions on the rails; some people don’t seem to understand that this is about creating a certain user experience for admins, programmers, and end users. The requirements flow from that, not from a bunch of technology modules or libraries that are available. I was recently reading a report on […]

My screen is melting

Take down the photo, it burns… (This post was originally found at http://log.ometer.com/2005-04.html#7)