The thing that struck me in the past about Gnome is how people complained
that there was no alternative to things like Visual Studio. (we now have
But if you want a IDE I always saw as the entire Gnome/Linux desktop as a
IDE. You have nice integration with the command line, with a wealth of
powerful tools and easy to use scripting languages. There are GUI builders
and source code control and top-notch editors and everything you'd ever need.
But it was never presented as a entire product.
Maybe something like this is what was needed to make it all cohesive.