Re: Be fair
> Everyone who uses not Linux but e.g.
> Solaris, the autotools are a great
More than once I've spent hours on Solaris 9 building automake-based projects only because the Makefile is absolutely incomprehensible and you have to do everything yourself if something didn't work. You run "make", it runs into some random error. You copy the command that caused the error to the command line and run it manually -- if that doesn't reproduce the error, you've lost. If it does -- hooray. You correct the mistake in the command line (that's only possible of course if this was some commonly used command like a compiler or linker call, and you know how to use those tools -- and if you do, you didn't really need auto*bloat in the 1st place). Ok, so the corrected command works and produces its output file. Great. You re-run "make", expecting it to not run this command again, since the output is already there. After all, this is "make", and "make" is more that a shell, it respects dependencies, right? Wrong. Virtually all Makefile these days are more or less degenerated, and automake-generated Makefiles are an especially bad joke. More often than not, it will happen that the make run *deletes* your manually created file and runs the erroneous command again. I don't know why it does this, but it does, trust me. If that happens, you've lost -- the Makefile is a mess, thousands of lines long and totally incomprehensible. You won't find your erroneous command in there unless you have three days
of your time to spare, or you're the author of automake.
Automake must die, the sooner the better. That's all.
This browser has been castrated in version 1.3. There's no other way to put it. Allegedly, this was done to make the browser more appealing to the casual user -- as if there weren't half a dozen projects that try just that. They've removed almost every feature that made this browser special. The quick selection of the proxying method -- removed. Tear-off menus -- removed. Session management -- removed (no, "Add Tabs As Folder" is no adequate replacement). The bookmark editor -- crippled. I can't find an easy way to add a bookmark with a user-defined title. In 1.2.x, you could set an option so a dialog in which you could enter the title would pop up when you chose "Add Bookmark Here". In 1.3, the only way to achieve that is to first navigate clumsily to the desired bookmark folder, add the bookmark with the page's title, then use the bookmark editor, navigate clumsily to the folder again, and change the title. You can't even bookmark the current page using the bookmark editor. Nor can you drag'n'drop the URL "drag handle" into the bookmark editor -- how is that "appealing to the casual user"? At least they've retained bookmark aliases (albeit with a clumsy user interface) -- a feature that is probably more difficult to grasp for beginners that any of the removed ones.
It seems the Galeon people somehow got infected with the Gnome2 "dumb it down until your dog can use it" philosophy. It's a tragedy.