GNOME begins to play catch up with KDE
The GNOME project has released what it calls a roadmap towards version 3.0. After following a policy that mandated minor changes in its six-monthly releases, GNOME has decided that it would be a mistake to release 3.0 without a "user-visible change."
In short, the project is looking to change the user experience, streamline the platform and promote these efforts so that the community will be able to stomach what emerges without too much complaint.
A .0 release is always something of a minefield and once the point releases started to emerge, things got better and better.
And as this happened, there was a marked change in the tone of those who had criticised the KDE effort. A tone of admiration began to emerge.
KDE was looking like something belonging to the 21st century. GNOME was beginning to look dowdy, something like last year's fashion statement.