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Linux creator Linus Torvalds has once again taken aim at developers of the GNOME desktop project, in a long and sustained rant about shortcomings in the latest release of the desktop.

Torvalds ran into issues when he upgraded his desktop system to the latest version of GNOME 3 and tried to change font sizes. Fixing this resulted in breaking something else. And things continued in this vein.

The exercise annoyed him to such an extent that his anger exploded. "Who do I need to f*** to get standard font size and panel options, instead of having to wade through this kind of 'unsupported and random extensions that look ugly as hell and break randomly' crap?" he asked.

GNOME 3 has attracted a huge amount of user discontent since it was released in April last year. Efforts to make things better by releasing fixes do not appear to have worked because the basic attitude of the developers appears to be that they know best.

An unofficial site, called extensions.gnome.org, which hosts extensions that offer functionality which is difficult to find in GNOME 3, hasn't helped either.

Configuration options are limited and are often buried deep, requiring hand editing of files to get a small change to show.

This isn't the first time Torvalds has found fault with GNOME; last year, he criticised the project for its "head up the a***" attitude.

And some years ago, he referred to the developers as "interface nazis."

 

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Sam Varghese

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A professional journalist with decades of experience, Sam for nine years used DOS and then Windows, which led him to start experimenting with GNU/Linux in 1998. Since then he has written widely about the use of both free and open source software, and the people behind the code. His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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