I was a huge GNOME fan when it was part of the GNU project. But recently I discovered that it did not just leave GNU (which is OK-ish per se – although not really, GNU steered developers to write for GNOME for two decades, so I would expect at least a “Thanks”), leaders of the GNOME Foundation signed a nasty letter in which they basically asked to boycott everything related to the Free Software Foundation. And that is definitely nasty.
So now I am perplexed. I never really liked other DEs, I always loved GNOME’s design and look (thanks to the GNOME community and developers, which are not the GNOME Foundation), but I am starting to wonder, is it a good thing that free software enthusiasts have anything to do with the GNOME Foundation?
I must admit that my sympathy for MATE has suddenly received a boost.
(Fortunately an opposite letter has been written too, which has received way more support, and fortunately the support to the nasty letter comes almost only from corporations and developers – who are rarely the ones to trust when it comes to free software – whereas the second letter is supported by actual users.)