Put the blame where it belongs: Automake
All the complaints in the article are PRECISELY the kinds
of complaints that autoconf programmers worked very
hard to avoid. For example, it's IMPOSSIBLE to have
version skew with autoconf because the configure script
is completely pre-generated before being shipped. As
far as the user is concerned it's a simple sh script.
ALL of these problems stem from the "automake"
monstrosity that creates many more problems than it
ever solved. Unfortunately people now tar autoconf with
the same brush as automake and libtool whenever they
run into problems with these. Sigh.
UI Design with Blinders
what is it with all these "minimalist" window managers that
aren't any different from other windowmanagers? Ratpoison
is the closest I've seen to what I would want, but i don't want
to actually lose the ability to use multiple windows at the
same time and place them where I want. I just want to lose all
the extraneous bs that every wm these days insists on
plastering all over the screen. Title bars, 3d animated borders
to drag, and on and on. All I want is a modern
windowmanager that supports modern features like gnome
and kde but has a theme that's close to my current twm
setup. No title bars, 1 pixel borders that I can drag to move
or resize. Even the minimalist themes for e, sawfish, etc, all
seem to be nothing more than playing with colours and
background tiles and not actually rethinking whether all this
crud is really necessary.