HardyH wrote:This shows to me how harmful Gnome 3has been for the Linux desktop
I would say it shows how harmful the Gnome 3 devs have been to Gnome 3 itself. Being spoiled for choice isn't a bad thing. Heck, how many different distros are there?
functionaliy should not be sacrificed to a 'brand identity' or 'consistent look'.
There are two sides to every coin, and I don't believe you're seeing them both.
When someone looks at a Windwoes desktop they know it's a Windwoes desktop. That is the ideal the Gnome 3 devs are striving for, and if they pull it off then they will have achieved something that linux has been lacking since its inception; brand recognition, which comes to Linux from its association with Gnome. They're essentially attempting to level the playing field with Micro$oft.
Where the devs have gone wrong is where devs always go wrong, communicating their intentions to the plebians.
Now, having made the case for the opposite side of the coin, please don't make believe I'm a fanboy. I'm not. I'm merely being pragmatic, but at my age (84) you can call it very deeply mellow.