Gnome is dying. It might be brought back, we have yet to see. But it is definitely a dying project. It’s dying because somewhere, for some reason, someone turned it into an ideal instead of a project. Ideals never really die, but they fade and are twisted and interpreted, whereas projects serve a purpose.
Now, we have a ridiculous picture: Gnome, Gnome-shell, The Gnome3 forks Cinnamon and Consortium, the Gnome2 fork Mate, and of course Unity.
All of those are originally derived from Gnome 2. What the hell happened? It doesn’t matter. My advice to you is to get out of dodge. The gnome project is destined to fractured hopeless wasteland, move on to other projects. XFCE, LXDE, Enlightenment, KDE, Openbox, a Tiler, IceWM, JWM, hell, anything. Do it. The reason is, if you don’t the future of your desktop is in question.
Gnome got emotional. People are outraged now by stupid things, go look at Ikey and Joss’s latest argument Ikey’s posted on Google+. And its because Gnome is an ideal instead of a project. I’m done. Have been done. You should be too.