Of course he didn't wrote the "staring into the abyss" article. But he thought it is good opportunity to point out the Cinnamon and the Mate projects, as they are bringing those good old memories about the GNOME 2.0 desktop.
Originally Posted by n3wu53r
There are more of his thoughts, likings and opinions. Like those for example:
"The negativity towards the GNOME project isn't surprising since the botched GNOME 3.0 release."
"Prior to reading Otte's GNOME abyss blog post last night, I myself was thinking of what desktop environment to use next. For nearly two years my main production desktop has been Ubuntu 10.10 with GNOME 2.32 virtualized within Mac OS X on an Apple MacBook Pro. With my new retina MacBook Pro, it's time to move past Ubuntu 10.10 and the most pressing problem has been missing GNOME2."
Every interactive application - being either console or graphical one - is enforcing a certain way of work flow. A way that the developers thought it may be the best one for this king of activity. Take for example the once hugely vibrant competition between Vim and Emacs - two overpowered text editors with very different manner of achieving the same goals.
Also the various console mail clients.
Or even the numerous Unix (-like) kernels at the time when they were not so different from one another.
The thing that made them distinguishable were their philosophy which explains their different way of achieving same common goals.
GNOME 3 _is_ different and it is different for a reason. You _cannot_ work the same way, like you did with every graphical interface since Win95. If you need to use your old work flow for whatever reason (no time to figure out how to be as productive with the new tool, no appreciation of the benefits it brings you, or just plain stubbornness), then you _have to_ chose another graphical environment. Here is a recent interview that Michael could've appreciated if he wasn't so GNOME 3 disappointed and not following any GNOME-related news source:
Treat Gnome3 as something new” by Allan Day
And to address the "disappearing GNOME developers" claim, I will highlight another 2 short weekly reports:
1778 commits, in 207 projects, by 207 contributors in a week
1816 commits, in 178 projects, by 214 contributors for a week
both of which are from this month.