Direction of Pidgin development
correnthean at hotmail.com
Thu May 3 23:16:10 EDT 2007
After reviewing a lot of the complaints coming with 2.0.0 and its releases
and the solutions that are/will be offered by the developers. Am I wrong is
the thought process that it seems Pidgin is moving towards a focus a
userbase of more un-intelligent, uninformed, (if you'll forgive the bad
analogy) Window's type users. Catering to people who don't know what their
software does, how it works, or what it can do.
Should this be the focus? Ofcourse Pidgin should be easier, but should we
need to maintain upwards of 20 "plugins" to maintain Pidgin in a form that
is lush to a user who is aware of what Pidgin can do for them? At this
point in time there is -no- problem with the removal of features and
replacement with plugins, however is this the best approach at supplying a
Back the point of this, with, users wanting to fulfill Pidgin's potential
now have to drudge through plugins and popup a window to set individual
plugin settings, this is not "easier", hiding these options in such a
fashion protects the ignorant users but merely hinders the time it takes to
explain/setup Pidgin yourself, or for someone else who is looking for these
I for one feel no loss of usability with Pidgin yet, but I do feel that I'm
using a program no longer actually built for me, it is built for the "dumb
wanting easy" which is what every opponent messenger seems to target.
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