The reality is that the very small fraction of people that actually use Linux as their desktop has been further fragmented, so now Gnome commands even less users than it once did. (I wouldn't be surprised if Android desktop users - yes, desktop - already outnumbered that of Gnome).
By all means, if this is the measure of success - carry on.
> Gnome3 is flexible and practical, and it fills many people's needs.
Yeah, super flexible. Removing an icon requires code to be written (well, maybe not any more - I haven't really checked - but, yeah, that the gist of it).
Many? Sure. As many as before? No.
On a more general point, if Gnome devs do not want to receive criticism for the software they produce, they should stop releasing it and saying to people to use it. I was under the impression that they actually wanted people to use their wares (which I do, 8+ hours every day). No?
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