GNOME 3 became finally updated on FreeBSD

I just upgraded my FreeBSD installations from 12.1-RELEASE-p10 to 12.2-RELEASE and then I ran a software update on a desktop machine. Hurray, the GNOME 3 installation has finally been updated from 3.28 to 3.38 and I am quite happy now, since we were stuck to 3.28 for quite a long time.

I found out that the reason seemed to be that GNOME switched to another build system for everything after 3.28 and that must have resulted into a very huge amount of work for the port maintainer(s), and I can easily understand that one need some special motivation and an extra portion of inspiration for even thinking about starting on it. Finally it has been done and I like it. I am relieved because I see a path forward.

Here I want to express my big thanks and congratulations to the port maintainers behind gnome@.

During the long wait, I tested KDE 5, and I didn’t like it. It was even a major effort to get rid of all its bits and pieces. Why I don’t like KDE and all this Qt stuff can be best explained with a comment from the professor of art, when I went to school in the 70’s. He said that simple minded people draw frames around everything, like these in obituaries, while open minded people don’t need frames at all. Now all the frames of the KDE/Qt desktop and its applications would easily account for the number of deaths on our graveyard of a decade.

One can tell immediately from this that the KDE people are perhaps great engineers, but they are miserable artists, i.e. they have no idea of good design. The GNOME people are great architects combining both skills needed for making good software, namely engineering and design arts.

All that said, I have no problem with people using KDE and alike, since I usually don’t make the problems of others to be mine. I cordially wish you, happy KDE'ing, MATE’ing, MINT’ing, XFCE’ing, whatsoever’ing!!! I will stay with GNOME. Now people liking i3wm must be special, perhaps graveyard workers 😃

Copyright © Dr. Rolf Jansen - 2020-11-14 22:18:53

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