[clug] Ubuntu 10.4

Daniel Pittman daniel at rimspace.net
Thu Apr 1 03:30:04 MDT 2010

Ivan Lazar Miljenovic <ivan.miljenovic at gmail.com> writes:
> Daniel Pittman <daniel at rimspace.net> writes:
>> Strange?  It seems perfectly in keeping with the GNOME design philosophy to
>> me, in which software should "just work, without configuration", and in which
>> configuration options are a sign of design failure.
> Which is why I don't use Gnome nor a "traditional" distro: who are the
> upstream devs to dictate how _I_ prefer my setup to be?

Well, I generally agree with the philosophy: in most cases it is a failure of
design if your tool doesn't work instantly, for people using them to get
useful work done.

I don't always agree with the GNOME people about where that boundary lies,
though, or what is in the "different but valid ways" camp and what is in the
"essentially pointless" camp.

> /me goes back to tweaking his XMonad config

Regardless of my views, though, I am not sure that "fiddling with my window
manager" is a very strong argument for more flexibility at the expense of

A much better example would be "...back to extending RT::Authen::ExternalAuth
to canonicalize email addresses nicely, made vastly easier by my ability to
customize git, Emacs, CPAN, and subsidiary software operating as part of that

My version does lack a certain pithy zing, though. ;)


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