"We started discussing with a few more people, got more
feedback. And then, at GUADEC, the Release Team proposed an initial
plan to the community that would lead the project to GNOME 3.0.
Quite some time passed; actually, too much time passed because too
many people were busy with other things. But it's never too late to
do the right thing, so let's really be serious about GNOME 3.0
"Let's first diverge a bit and discuss the general impression
that GNOME is lacking a vision. If you look closely at our
community, it'd be wrong to say that people are lacking a vision;
but the project as a whole does indeed have this issue. What we are
missing is people blessing one specific vision and making it
official, giving goals to the community so we can all work together
in the same direction. In the pre-2.x days, the community accepted
as a whole one specific vision, and such an explicit blessing
wasn't needed. But during the 2.x cycle, with our six months
schedules, it appeared that everything (community, development
process, etc.) was just working very well, and as the vision got
more and more fulfilled, the long-term plans became less important
as we focused on polishing our desktop."
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