Windows: let's use a proprietary database format people need a GUI to manage and complicated scripts to automate
Unix: how about like, text files
Gnome: hey how about a proprietary database format people need a GUI...
Sorry if I'm being pedantic, but "recondite" might be a more appropriate adjective for GNOME's gconf formats.
@sir when dconf was first introduced there were claims that it vastly improved startup times but I didn't really believe the hype, and given the way gsettings schemas introduce more filesystem objects I don't see how things are actually simplified in practice. has anybody revisited this stuff with a critical eye?