Re: I don't even have time for this.
> % He wants the source code to Aqua?
> If you don't know, then you don't "get"
> open source; keep using OS X, and be
I understand the importance of having the source code for something so I can modify it to meet my needs.
However, as long as the open source community doesn't "get" the concept of user interface usability, they really can't be trusted with something like the source code for Apple's GUI layer. If they were allowed to have the code, they would turn Apple's UI into some completely unusable piece of trash that deprives end-users of a valuable freedom: the freedom to get work done with a minimum of fuss. In other words, they would turn Apple's GUI layer into something resembling the mess that is GNOME and KDE.
It's really a lot like Star Trek's Prime Directive. Until a civilization has reached a state of evolution where they are intelligent and moral enough to not misuse and abuse a piece of advanced technology, it is critical to keep that piece of technology out of their hands. When the open source community has evolved to the point where they no longer have religious problems with spaces in filenames, when they can understand why "System Preferences" is preferable to "etc", when they can use the word "folder" instead of "directory", when they stop expressing derision and hostility towards usability professionals, and when they leave their command-line anti-newbie rtfm baggage out of the GUI design, then and only then should they be given the source code to Apples GUI layer.
Spaces, the filename frontier...
> Perhaps one day, in a Linux
> distribution near you. =]
Or to better yet improve the configuration system, we could have:
It's about time we migrate folder names to Plain Damn English. If someone has a real religious problem with this, then they can stick to their little server closet ghettos where they belong. People who hate spaces in filenames and find gobbledygook filenames perfectly accetable should be permanently locked out of the linux desktop.