It's encouraging to see sanity emerging in the Gnome team.
Here's hoping Gnome 3 won't force Nautilus on everyone just because "people find it useful". Recent Gnome 2 releases have made an effort in that direction, but you can still turn it off in Gconf by changing desktop/gnome/session/required_components_list to "[windowmanager,panel]". There was a trend to force the issue by shoveling random things like desktop background settings into Nautilus and out of Metacity or Gnome-session or wherever they're done now, but that seems to have subsided. Certain individuals have actually told me I should run Nautilus anyway, and just turn off all its visible features, if I don't like it. Loopy.
I wonder if the Emacs edit key bindings will finally be retired. They aren't supported in current Epiphany edit windows, the checkbox in the settings dialog was wiped out long ago, and the help text in Gconf suggesting how to enable it was scrubbed. I wonder what is supposed to be so awful about supporting control keys for editing.
It's disappointing to find them still talking about Mono programs like Tomboy. Weren't they planning to replace that with a regular program?