Perhaps GNOME has lost its way trying to be everything to everyone. Perhaps it’s just having a mid-life crisis. TheVarGuy pegs it right. GNOME should stick to what it does best if it is to remain relevant, provide a great GUI for desktop/notebook PCs. There’s no need to derail the users who have come to know and love a simple windowed user-interface. There’s nothing wrong with providing a GUI for other devices but why scuttle something that works? Fork or start a new GUI, GNOME. Don’t kill what works.
“GNOME Shell wants to be an interface for smartphones, tablets and other fancy devices on which Linux currently rarely runs, and that endeavor â€” despite the best efforts of GNOME designers â€” makes it less useful as an interface for the PCs on which most people are actually running Linux today. You canâ€™t be everything at once, no matter how much you might like to be â€” or how much proprietary competitors, like Windows, think they can be as well.”