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It's been called for this week from GUADEC that GNOME 4.0 to be released in March of 2014 along with GNOME OS. That's not all of their ambitious plans but they think they can gain a 20% market-share by 2020 and they also have some other plans on their agenda.
GNOME devs doing their best kicking random butts who haven't already jumped ship.
Wow. Things are pretty bad over there. It just goes to prove that PV made the right decision all those years ago. Although I didn't like it initially, KDE4 has certainly come a long way and has reached the stage where it is working pretty well for me. I couldn't imagine losing basic functionality as discussed in that bugzilla thread. The worst part seems to be the attitude of the developers.
I think jtsn is right. If they keep going the way they are, they're destined to lose most of their market share. Especially now that we're seeing projects like XFCE maturing nicely.