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Defining ubuntu-gnome project goals


There are many discussions/threads going on in this list right now with
active participation. But many of them turned out to be just voting (+1
this, -1 that) threads without any valid points/discussions. I guess this
is a good time to define/discuss our goals as a project and that in turn
will help us make better decisions about individual applications.

The question is how do we see ourselves as a project. There are many points
being raised in the threads, starting with what Alessandro initially said
(but not limited to) are we a vanilla GNOME distro or an ubuntu minus
unity? There are other questions that goes with it.

1. Our ralationship with ubuntu (and what constraints that puts on us, if

   - If we are to become official are there any constraints on us to use
   some specific packages etc. (Can some developers reply here?)
   - What defines an ubuntu distribution (why we like ubuntu :- available
   packages, ease of use, how important are default applications in this)?
   - What packages other *buntus use and don't use? How many of them use
   firefox, libreoffice, USC, ubuntuone?

2. Our relationship with GNOME

   - What gnome packages to be included (What defines gnome experience),
   just core (shell, gcc) or core plus applications (files, web, video, photo,
   documents...) or core plus applications and platform (systemd,

Please note here that gnome is moving towards a highly coherent and
integrated desktop and more and more applications are redesigned to the
gnome HIG.

   - What to do when some specific applications are not popular or not up
   to the standards

Replace, replace temporarily, Keep them and help testing/find bugs etc.,
keep it installed side by side along with other temporary defaults.

3. What is our intended userbase (and any constraints that puts on us)?

Please make your points/thoughts (I abstain from adding any of my thoughts
right now).
Justin Joseph

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