GNOME usability or unnecessary dumbing down
I've just read the article which quite vividly points out a usability weakness of GNOME and a good deal of its applications: Usability: is Gnome configurable enough?
Basically, the preferences in most GNOME applications tend to be so minimal that you really start to miss something and I think even "newbie" users would find something to miss. They've taken the "don't confuse the user with too many options" approach to extremes as it would seem and I would really like that they reconsider this.
I would usually defend this approach as part of what makes GNOME what it is. This philosophy is probably partly responsible for GNOME being so slick and clean looking, but going to extremes in hiding features ceases to help. GNOME has a lot more going for it these days than its "dumbability" so I think it should loosen up a bit on it. They are still by far the best when it comes to theming your desktop, the cleanest looking (not as cluttered, IMO) and intuitive. That's enough to keep it going.
It might as well even be more popular than KDE at this point, considering how major distros like Ubuntu and Fedora enable it by default so I think they really do have some space to experiment with a bit different approaches.
Anyway, I'm thinking of switching to KDE for a while just for a change (been using GNOME for very long now).
What's your take on this?