gvfs has been giving me grief as well. I can mount a removable medium as user, but XFCE (or whatever)
requires root privs to let me UNmount.... lsof told me gvfs was involved. Retarded.
I think the occasional rant, even if some points are misguided, is entirely appropriate for this forum.
If a system you love is being changed by people who don't share your KISS philosophy, and basic system utils and tools and services are being constantly changed, and (IMO) monkeyed with, where does one go to complain? The Man imself is at the mercy of these upstream hooligans!
To those who say "just don't use gvfs" or "don't use Network Manager", or "just turn such-and-such off", I say this:
How long can we be expected to do this, and at what point does our system become...not our system anymore?