"In 2002, both KDE and GNOME released their last major
revisions; KDE released KDE 3.0 on 3rd April, while GNOME followed
shortly after with GNOME 2.0 on 27th June. For the Linux desktop,
therefore, 2002 was an important year. Since then, we have
continiously been fed point releases which added bits of
functionaility and speed improvements, but no major revision has
yet seen the light of day. What's going on?
"Both KDE and GNOME have some serious problems which cannot be
solved easily. Gtk+ has an alarming shortage of core maintainers,
and you do not need a degree at MIT to understand what that means:
less quality assurance, and a slower bug fixing pace. Gtk+ of
course is the base on which GNOME is built, and hence any problems
with the Gtk+ project will have their effects on GNOME..."