I really agree with you!
Theres http://razor-qt.org/ but its developement sems to go slowly...
And its a pre-Qt5 and pre-Qml.
QML for desktop widgets and other stuff would be nice, and not that hard to implement (KDE4 has to made the whole Plasma desktop think for the widgets).
I hope Razor-Qt would pick-up Qt5 new features and make it a good desktop.
The "bad things" for GNOME they pointed out was their focus on the traditional desktop [...]
Seems that some people never learn for their past mistakes...
Why does everyone always want to create their own OS? GnomeOS, FirefoxOS, ChromeOS, etc. One of the chief complaints from most projects is lack of developers, but somehow a desktop specific OS will somehow make things better? Doesn't that require more developers and fragment existing developers? What does a custom OS buy you other than more stuff to support directly and less chance to share the load?
Gnome developers have delusions of grandeur, big time.
I suspect GnomeOS will fall flat on it's face. I also suspect it will just be Fedora Re-branded with some modest changes. If i am correct on the latter, it is unlikely they will pull (and sustain) much of an audience/user-base from other well-established linux distributions, such as Ubuntu/debian, Archlinux, gentoo, etc. I think there are a lot of linux users whom have picked their distro based on the specific tools that they provide (package management as one example). What real advantages is GnomeOS going to provide _over_ the current linux distributions these users are already happy with? My feeling is that they are going to have to provide some VERY VERY compelling features to gain any traction, at all.
Gnome on mobile isn't too likely to be widely adopted, either. it's essentially the same story; what compelling features are they going to be able to provide over iOS or Android? (if they can even 'match' those platforms, which i think is unlikely)... One could argue that it is an open platform and a 'real' linux distribution unlike android, but at the end of the day - does the average consumer even care about that? (probably not, although most people in this forum would). At the point where we have mobile devices that can run XYZ linux distro (with proper support), people will just want to run whatever distro they like on their tablet. Hell, they might even use Gnome with GS or with another shell (or not at all).
I do however really like that they are planning an SDK, that seems like a good idea if you actually want people to target your platform.
They practically dropped support for non-touch devices when they released gnome shell. Thanks to canonical for providing a fallback mode that is almost as good as gnome 2.focus on the traditional desktop
I wonder Whom they meant with fragmentation / freeloaders ?