I don't want that. I want it to not work that way. In fact I want it to work exactly like it works in my MATE desktop: I can double-click an archive and it opens in an archive manager app, and there is an "Extract" button in that app.
Then use MATE. Despite what some seem to think, GNOME people are okay with people using other environments. To each their own. User research showed that people actually don't want an other app, they just want to access the content of the archive.
I could see putting a right-click menu option "Extract..." if it's so freaking important to extract an archive with minimal steps. But making the default for double-clicking be to extract in place? No no no.
That's how it worked before (which shows how well you actually know GNOME). That behaviour can be restored by unchecking a box in the preferences (WAT? GNOME letting users change a setting?).
The whole thing requires systemd so I don't care about Gnome. I don't use PulseAudio either. KDE with desktop search disabled and much of the 3D effects turned off works for me. I'm satisfied with OpenRC and I won't put up with the hassle of switching my init system (+ associated tools) and the risk that something won't go smoothly just for the privilege of running a desktop environment which has no unique, "must-have" features.
Good for you. It's alright that people choose to use something else than GNOME. The GNOME community won't get mad at you for that.
Maybe the Gnome people find that trade-off worthwhile but I don't like being forced to run something in this manner. The example of
It is not arbitrary. systemd provides features that the GNOME developers want to use. It is a conscious and well thought out design decision. It is ok for you to disagree with them, but it is also ok for them to disagree with you.
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