This coming Monday the gnome foundation will be releasing version 3.8 of their popular gnome desktop environment.
I urge everyone in the linux community not to install, use, endorse gnome 3.8 in any way shape or form... let me present the case of why I think it's best to do so:
With gnome3, and each subsequent release, the gnome foundation has been intentionally breaking user themes and extensions. They have been maliciously removing your ability to setup the gnome3 DE as you see fit.
The gnome developers clearly want you to use the gnome3 they designed, from the default experience to the stock look, taking away your freedom to use your own theme, to use your own extensions, in a sentence: to customize gnome3.
This is straight from the horse's mouth:
" “Facilitating the unrestricted use of extensions and themes by end users seems contrary to the central tenets of the GNOME 3 design. We’ve fought long and hard to give GNOME 3 a consistent visual appearance… The point is that it decreases our brand presence… every GNOME install should have the same core look and feel.”
Allan Day, GNOME dev
Brand presence = "Our brand, our look, don't you dare change a pixel"
They want all gnome installs to look the same and maliciously break all beautiful themes that artists so painstakingly at their own expense put together. (One only has to look at 3.4 and 3.6 and the numerous artists that simply got tired and gave up)
" Themes and extensions will be harmful to our larger goals. "
Jon McCann, GNOME dev
There you have it, by becoming the antithesis of freedom the gnome project is now a sinking ship. Fork, modify, call it your own but do not use gnome 3.8.
" I've had enough of this shit, this growing culture of enforced conformity from GNOME devs, wasted hours designing and putting together themes and for what, getting spit in the face"
" I will no longer be making themes for gnome 3 "
" Guys, I will no longer be updating my themes but feel free to do so ... over and over again ;) "