MATE desktop environment (GNOME 2 fork)

Rahul Sundaram metherid at
Sat Dec 10 15:36:23 UTC 2011

On 12/10/2011 03:30 PM, Zoltan Boszormenyi wrote:
> Not so fast, there was a point in time when
> the whole Linux development community
> was Linus Torvalds. Live and let live.

You would have a better point there if MATE was a new desktop
environment trying to grow a community.  GNOME 2.x is a complex codebase
with a lot of legacy.  Maintaining it as a single person is impossible.
 What has been accomplished is that someone renamed the 2.x gnome* to
mate* but the effort to move it forward is a lot more involved than
that.  There is atleast security fixes to take care of and compatibility
issues to consider.  A badly maintained desktop environment would result
in false hope and reflect poorly on the distribution as well.

A Fedora maintainer could still push these components through and take
care of them but they will be partially performing the role of upstream.
 If someone is motivated enough to do it, then by all means, live and
let live.


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