I don't deny any of that. The problem is that the *result* has little in common. I'm a developer too (DSP, nothing to do with GUIs), but as a *user*, I don't care how similar the code looks like, I care about what it does. And in that respect, gnome3 has nothing to do with gnome2. For someone who's used to gnome2, an environment like xfce or even KDE3 would be more familiar than gnome3 is. That is why I'm saying it's really a new project.
Would you say that Android is a Linux distribution because it runs Linux underneath? Of course not, it's a different OS. Same for OS X not being UNIX despite the kernel. I'm still amazed at the state of denial gnome 3 developers are in, wondering why everyone else is driving on the wrong side of the road.
Oh and BTW, I consider the non-GUI foundations of gnome3 to be mostly OK. In fact I'm currently forced to run gnome-settings-daemon because xfce doesn't properly handle a few things (e.g. my trackpad). The thing that really sucks is the UI layer on top.
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