Frankly, out of all of the forks, this is the one that has it's developers heads on the straightest. MATE will always be troubled due to it's dependence on older technologies and incompatibility with modern GNOME components, and I am still not convinced that Cinnamon really adds anything that could not be accomplished using Shell Extensions. This is a fork of Gnome Classic/Fallback that hopes to update and expand it while still being fully compatible with the regular GNOME stack - meaning that they have full access to modern and maintained internals which should reduce their maintenance burden considerably. This makes me think that this project has a much brighter future than both MATE and Cinnamon, and can develop a much better relationship with upstream Gnome. Quite frankly, this is how this should have been handled by these people from the beginning.
I'm glad someone said it ..
Isn't one of the perceived advantages of opensource the sharing of code anyways? I think those guys are doing it right .. :)
I personally believe, as much code as possible should be shared between opensource projects .. It would benefit everyone, the writers and the users .. But in many cases it's not done.
This puts them in the same category as Cinnamon - a minor fork of Gnome 3, rather than the MATE approach of adopting the entire Gnome2 legacy codebase.
Agree with Hamish also. It seems to be a good direction and I definitely like the idea of shared code/compatibility.
Ikey and the Solus OS gang seem to be pretty good at what they do.
PS. how long before we see Consort in the Arch AUR? Haha.
If the Gnome Team was at fault here for not doing what is, apparently, so obviously right then there wouldn't be so many forks, just one doing things like they were supposed to be done. The reason there's so many forks is because everyone wants to have their few minutes of fame. All these forks will eventually fade away as the hatred cools down.
Gnome 3.8 doesn't need 3D acceleration, so building over the new Gnome Shell would be an easier and better way to acomplish those goals I guess. Mint is already doing something similar and the Gnome Team said it would replace the fallback mode with a set of official extensions that would imitate the classic Gnome. These projects have more future than the other forks trying to take the old orphaned code back.
The more forks they start the more wrong and shameful they look.