Last Tango in fdo (was Re: Tango, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Desktop)

Jim Gettys jg at
Wed Nov 9 06:20:04 PST 2005

I see good reasons for fdo to be willing to host almost any sort of
desktop project that needs a home.  I don't see that hosting a project
on fdo gives any sort of up front "imprimatur" to the outcome of any

Since almost any project with whatever goals may or may not succeed and
we can't predict in advance which will or will not succeed, we have to
distinguish between those we believe have widespread acceptance and
credence and those that don't (or might someday, or never will) in any
case.  And this distinguishing of projects should be primarily driven by
what is getting widespread deployment in the community.
					- Jim

On Tue, 2005-11-08 at 17:05 +0000, Jamie McCracken wrote:
> Richard Moore wrote:
> > 
> > This would seem to imply that some of reasons people have given
> > for removing Tango from f.d.o are in fact valid. The question
> > of whether people agree with those reasons is of course open.
> > 
> I dont see any reason at all. fdo is for projects that aspire to become 
> some sort of standard. If and only if a project gets wide acceptance 
> will it ever become an effective standard.
> I also dont see any possible harm in Tango as:
> 1) All the desktops are themeable anyhow (and distro's pick the default 
> theme)
> 2) It only really affects ISV's by giving them the choice to conform to 
> some neutral spec if they so wish. The decision to do so is up to them 
> not us.

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