halting problem :: The History of GNOME

:: ~2 min read

I’ve done a thing which may be of interest if you’re following the GNOME community.

As I said on Twitter, I have spare time, and I like boring people to death by talking about things that matter to me a lot; one of the things that matter to me is GNOME and its community—and especially its history.

Of course, I had to go and make it about liminal spaces and magic rituals, because that’s what makes it fun. This, though, is a magic ritual. I’m holding a seance, and I’m calling forth the past of the GNOME project for the people that live down its light-cone.

GNOME has the luxury of having a lot of people that stuck around—some even from the early days when there was no GNOME; there are also other people, though, some of them born after Miguel’s announcement, that are now starting to contribute to GNOME. I guess that means that it’s time to look back a bit, and give some more context to the history of the project.

I hope I won’t bore you that much with this; I hope that people will learn something new, or re-discover something that was forgotten. In general, I do hope people will have fun with it.

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