Gnome: Seen it all before
Jon says: A little update to the situation mentioned in our open ballot.
Christian Schaller and Emmanuele Bassi have both posted to Planet Gnome saying that while there are some issues with Gnome (sponsors have been lost, as have users, and they are understaffed), things have never really been any different in the Gnome project. A few choice quotes:Schaller:
"There are some dark clouds in the skies, no doubt about that, but when hasn’t there been in the 15 years of GNOMEs existence? For instance the current tug of war between the GNOME shell and Unity? We have been there before, with Ximian and Eazel pushing competing visions for the GNOME desktop back in the day. Major corporate backers leaving (Nokia) or being in trouble(Novell)? Eazel and Ximian again. GNOME being perceived as being Red Hat only? That was the exact story that was being pushed before Sun and Ximian came on the scene. GNOME 3 turning away users? Hey, I can tell you that the amount of flames we got for GNOME 2 easily beats the GNOME 3 flames ...
But for each of those events in the past we ended up bouncing back stronger afterwards, and I suspect we will come back with a vengance this time too ... First of all the are a lot more shared projects with a healthy amount of resources behind them these days. WebKit is a great example of a project of crucial importance to GNOME, but which we share with a lot of other projects and companies ... thanks to LibreOffice we have the best and most full featured Office suite ever available to our users. And thanks to Firefox and Chrome we have browsers available with world known brands. And thanks to GStreamer, which is on freedesktop, we have a world class multimedia framework available. Instead of having our own sound server like we did with ESD, we now share a top notch sound server with all linux systems in the form of Pulse Audio."
(via Twitter) "...we were always a bunch of friends working on stuff we loved in the face of unsurmountable odds. here’s to 15 more years."
"everyone here at GUADEC is aware that hard times are upon us; we (presumably, though we don’t have any real metric to define that) have lost users. we definitely have lost sponsors. it’s not the first time, and I suspect it won’t be the last. what we haven’t lost are our passion for what we do; our mission, to provide a free environment for users to work with; and our willingness to drain all the swamps we have in the Free Software world."
I hope they don't mind such long extracts being posted, but I thought what they had to say was interesting and a good contribution to the discussion. Do take the time to visit their sites and read the rest of their comments.