We all knew this was coming*, after the GNOME-Shell failasco *cough*.
GNOME has been forked! Well, the old GNOME, to be precise. Or to be even more accurate for the sake of being correct – if redundant – the panel, metacity, and a few other components – have been forked into *no drumroll please*:
Yes, the name… um… sucks (is it ex- desktop environment? As in ex-girlfriend DE?). At least the roadmap is pretty (as pretty as walls of text can be!), and looks promising. Personally, my feelings are mixed. I don’t like GNOME Shell, but I’m not going to get my hopes up just yet, until this thing gets a bit more traction .
On the flip side – GNOME 3 is due to be released (soon) – which will bring a boat load of gold, silver, and bananas to the desktop environment, such as a cairo-based GTK3.x, new widgets (woot), and, you guessed it, the new shell.
Some extra thoughts:
Wonder what will be forked next? BSD? It could use a new pitchfork wielding mascot – just for the uselessness of it (the forking). Personally all this forking in FOSS seems to me a good thing, since most of the forks are leading to results (LibreOffice for example), but it seems a bit too much like monkey see monkey attempt to do and not exactly – do (ffmpeg).