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Gnome's progress at the last 2 years is very slow. To me it feels that it stays behind, just like one time CDE stayed behind Windows, and another time that WindowMaker stayed behind KDE 2.0.
Oh, if it _felt_ that way to you it _must_ be true. Even though all the "evidence" provided by the article that started all this falls apart under inspection.
For example, where is my Bluetooth INTEGRATED support?
Where is the Sync support with mobile devices?
On Windows isn't the sync software supplied by the mobile device vendor? Anyway, in Gnome you'll find support built into Evolution, and also gnome-pilot. http://www.gnome.org/projects/evolution/
Where is FULL resolution independence (not just SVGs)?
What kind of geekiness is this? What normal user says, OMG i need FULL resolution independence? Gnome works at any resolution i've ever thrown at it, which resolution are you having trouble with?
Where is a *home* video editor that works (now part of both the desktops of Windows and OSX, not just third party apps).
There are a few that come bundled with any good distribution, although it's still in development here's a decent one (comes with Fedora for example): http://www.pitivi.org/
Where is the fix for gnome-panel's architecture so its applets don't eat so much RAM?
Geeky request, but okay: http://www.gnome.org/projects/gst/index.html
Where are other Nautilus fixes and features?
You're piling on more geekiness now... This is just a small sampling but: http://tinyurl.com/y43w9j
Where is backup functionality integrated for some Gnome apps (instead of a third party generic app)?
There's no reason to demand that it not be a "third party generic app" on the Linux desktop, since distributions deliver it all in one shot. To the naive user, it all looks "integrated".
Where are the preferences that make sense about input devices (3 applets for keyboards, come on!!).
System -> Preferences -> Keyboard
Where is the applet for mouse that also supports configuring touchpads?
Don't know, however my touchpad just works out of the box with no configuration.
Where is Jabber support?
It comes bundled with all modern installs of Gnome. Just like MSN chat client comes with Windows. Except it addition to Jabber it supports Yahoo, MSN, AIM and a bunch of others.. pretty slick.
Where is handwriting support?
It would seem that Windows has Linux beat here.
Where is API documentation that it's full and up to date?
So, based on these NEEDS that I have as a user, and seeing how Gnome is progressing the last 2-3 years (slow, minor upgrades), I find the whole Gnome future DISAPPOINTING and UNexciting.
I see, and from that we should conclude that Gnome is doing something wrong? Because it doesn't make _you_ feel a certain way?
This is my first and LAST comment on the subject. I won't reply to any of the replies that will be fueled by this comment of mine.
That's the mark of a zealot, state your case and refuse to discuss anything that might be contrary to the view you hold...