“Clement Lefebvre, Linux Mint Founder and lead developer, has
announced that his project has started work on a GNOME 3 edition of
its next major release, version 12. The new edition will initially
be developed alongside the GNOME 2.32-based release which will
remain as the default desktop environment of Mint.
The developers had decided to stick with GNOME 2.32 because
there had been “radical changes” in GNOME 3.x’s desktop which had
split the communities of GNOME and Mint users.