The Trinity Desktop is something we have covered in the past. The idea of maintaining a fork of a bygone desktop years after it has been succeeded seems to be a noble cause. Especially offering it in a seemingly nicely packaged format for multiple distributions. I use words like “seemingly” because I don’t have any direct experience with the project other than the fact that I have been blindly enthusiastic about it for quite some time now.
But one man is quick to disagree. Martin Gräßlin, maintainer of KWin, is sceptical about Trinity’s latest release. Being intimately involved with one of KDE’s major components, he has labeled claims made by the Trinity team as “bold statements”. The Trinity team claims their latest release contains 141 bug fixes and 1193 applied patches.
After doing some research in git, Martin found an “unimpressive” 62 files changed, 410 insertions(+), 397 deletions(-). It seems that it is pretty difficult to hide your claims with open source software that is hosted in a public repository.
Martin claims that a lot of the claimed changes were the result of a “stupid script” that reverted several changes. It seems that Martin has been quite vocal about the Trinity project and has encouraged them to discontinue work on their fork several times in the past, to no avail. The real trouble here? Any valuable changes that have been made by the project have not been committed upstream.
From Martin’s Blog:
Disclaimer: this post represents my personal opinion and does not represent the opinion of any community I’m involved with. The motiviation of this post is mostly the fact that I tried several times to get the project to stop their fork.
For examples and a more clear explanation of the supposed damage done by the Trinity desktop project, take a look at Martin’s blog post where several examples and code snippets are analyzed.