I had to laugh when I read The Register's title of a recent post:
Mono man accuses Mac Gtk+ fans of jeopardizing Linux desktop
Umm...I don't think the Linux desktop faces any real threat from a group of developers advocating for change. I'm not sure a group of Mac fans could possibly do the Linux desktop more harm than it has done to itself. The Linux desktop is already in serious jeopardy, and it has nothing to do with which developer kit people use to build it, or changes to Gtk+. Miguel de Icaza disagrees:
According to de Icaza, developers working for Gtk+ specialist Imendio pushing the proposal have "given up on the Linux/Gnome desktop." Having switched to Apple's OS X as their main desktop, they are focused on source code compiling to Macs with some changes, instead.
The Linux desktop isn't broken, per se, but it needs a shot in the arm. Miguel is concerned about what a shift away from Gtk+ will do to the ISV ecosystem. What ecosystem? Novell, Red Hat, and...?
Miguel's larger point - "Let's all stick together because it's hard enough work as it is" - is a valid one. And he's right that the communication/process needs to be better before heading off in a markedly new direction. I'm just not sure he's choosing to rally around the right flag. The Linux desktop community needs to do something different. Perhaps it's this?