in my opinion the community is too afraid to make choices on behalf of the user. people want to go down beaten paths, they would prefer a UI designed to be used a certain way, than a configurable free for all that tries to please everyone.
free software should be able to do this better than apple, if they make any mistakes in what to cut the community can add it back for themselves.
I think developers perspective gets distorted by the community which are in no way a representation of the populace.
I'm reminded of orwells quote about the left “One sometimes gets the impression that the mere words ‘Socialism’ and ‘Communism’ draw towards them with magnetic force every fruit-juice drinker, nudist, sandal-wearer, sex-maniac, Quaker, ‘Nature Cure’ quack, pacifist, and feminist in England.”
the arch/antix user has very little in common with the average user but is very opinionated on it and will become the loudest voice. it cant be easy for a developer to make something that would suit a hypothetical normal user when they've got an existing group of weirdos supporting them.
I think the gnome foundations tries the best to do this but makes a lot of odd choices in doing so. It needs to test its ideas a lot more than it does but its nice to see them attempting innovation and a sleek design.Post too long. Click here to view the full text.