I'm a long time GNOME user, not a GNOME developer.
Bug aside, from reading the rest of these threads, it seems to me like GNOME devs are getting quite a bad reputation these days
Nope, they rock. When KDE did there big roll-out of KDE4 the lists *EXPLODED* with the wailing and gnashing of teeth. KDE4 arrived stable and that loud minority either adapted or went on the something else. Much the same thing happened with GNOME3 - although less than I expected. I moved to GNOME3 from GNOME2 and within a week it was clear that it was a superior system. But some adaptation was required.
And this particular bug is nonsense. Basically: if someone steals your harddrive they can read your data! Really? Wow, that's a surprise. This has always been true, is true of /home, /var. and everything else unless you encrypt everything.
This being said, all the scorn must come from somewhere.
Yes, it comes from a vocal minority who don't realize all these changes where discussed and made out-in-the-open. Now they enjoy pitching a fit and claiming the design changes are somehow being forced upon them.
My humble opinion is that once you reach a critical mass of users, enforcing a new grand-vision that the majority of those users (the ones who acutally chose to use GNOME,
Well, I'm one that uses GNOME ~9 hours a day. For work.
GNOME developers as a whole being bashed for what essentially is one bug in one lib by one person.
Eh. Spend time producing ANY kind of content and you'll eventually get someone who thinks they can get themselves some BLOG karma by bashing you.
The only base GNOME has truly alienated is the base that had made a very conscious and educated choice to use that DE on its technical merits, the ones who felt that the DE allowed them to work the way they want to work.
I want to work efficiently. GNOME3 lets me do that... more than GNOME2 did. This is an important distinction from, based on mail list traffic, people who apparently *NEED* to see the real-time weather report for three cities in the panel clock in order to be productive. I think the group primarily 'alienated' by GNOME3 are the "tweakers". They have a computer almost for the sole purpose of tweaking the appearance of the user-interface. One reads much of those posts and says "eh? really? don't you have something to *do*.".
we'll force our alternative on you.
The use of the term "force" in this context is bogus.
remember that the GNOME team doused itself in gasoline prior to this
Nah, they doused themselves with awesome.