bimsebasse wrote:It's not the shell that is discussed in OP blog post link (other than in passing), and Gnome Shell is not really the main concern either. It's best to read first and answer afterwards, I think, when you post in a thread. The problems Gnome face are not problems that can be solved by using another shell, obviously.
GNOME Shell was not discussed in the blog post, but most of what you wrote in your original post pertained directly to GNOME Shell:
bimsebasse wrote:Gnome Shell is daily moving an inch further away from the desktop and its current userbase, seemingly in preparation for a touch devices adventure - but how many touch devices come with Gnome? 0. Alienating long time users before it has found new ones just doesn't seem like a good move. Both Ubuntu and Mint have already dropped Gnome's main "desktop" (shell) with Cinnamon and Unity and I can easily imagine those distros either forking or dropping Gnome altogether ten years from now.
Whether distros end up forking or dropping GNOME ten years from now
remains to be seen, but I'm certainly not gonna be losing any sleep over it tonight
Anyway, you later said:
bimsebasse wrote:I'm a happy Gnome shell users btw, my main concern with Gnome 3 is everything but the shell, how e.g. Nautilus has useful features removed because they don't play well with touch interfaces, before there is a Gnome for touch.
The whole idea of removing features from Nautilus because they don't play well with touch interfaces is a head-scratcher to me, too. But, whatever. I use other file managers (mainly Dolphin) in GNOME, anyway.
You mentioned that you're a happy GNOME Shell user. I'm fine with it, too. I'm also fine using anything else. It doesn't matter to me which desktop a distro comes with by default. It doesn't matter to me if most distros stop shipping with GNOME (but we haven't seen that happening so far), or if the GNOME project shrivels up and dies. You asked for "Thoughts?" and those are mine. I have no concerns about the future of GNOME; GNOME will either continue to be a major Linux environment, or it won't. Change happens, so you prepare yourself for that eventuality and you adjust accordingly, or else you sit around wringing your hands over it in frustration.