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Don't develop just for your favourite distribution

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Developing configuration programs and desktops for just one distribution creates lone wolves, limits users and slows down progress.

The Cinnamon desktop has yet to be updated in such a way that it can be installed on a system together with GNOME 3.8, released in late March. That makes Cinnamon, developed as part of the Linux Mint project, yet another example of software built by short-sighted developers – who are only hurting themselves, since this behaviour hinders growth and deprioritises users.

The case of Cinnarch, a Linux distribution based on Arch Linux that used Cinnamon as a standard desktop, demonstrates this situation clearly. Arch Linux updates to new program versions fairly quickly, and every time GNOME was updated, the Cinnarch developers were faced with problems; in the end, they had to choose compatibility with Arch Linux or with Cinnamon. In April, Cinnamon lost; shortly thereafter, Cinnarch, one of the feathers in Cinnamon's cap aside from Linux Mint, changed its name to Antergos.

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