Prominent Linux desktop developer: "No one wants a new desktop"
Havoc Pennington has long been one of the pioneers of the Linux desktop movement, and a primary GNOME developer. Once at Red Hat, now at LITL (cool name, by the way), Havoc should be the poster boy for Linux desktop advocacy.
In a recent blog post, Havoc rubbished the idea of anyone needing a new (traditional) desktop:
GNOME 2.0 and KDE 4 are bad models for change. They rewrote and broke the code, but from a user-goals perspective, they are the same thing as before. We shouldn't feel bad; Windows Vista made the same mistake. Nobody cares about Vista, because XP allows users to accomplish all the same goals. The fact is that people already have a desktop. They don't want a new desktop from GNOME, from Apple, or from Microsoft.