The argument has been made so many times over the years that it's not necessary for citation. If you feel it is, Google is your friend....knock yourself out. ;-))
But my problem isn't with issues of DE's or apps.
it's the personal, human fragmentation taking place that bothers me.
Yeah, I know...infighting is inevitable any time you get two or more people together working on a project. It happens all the time and that's just a part of our failed human nature.
But some of it can be bridled, and should be.
And much of it is based on ego, and not the greater good. I have an example of this exact behavior and I will share it with you now.
Two years ago I approached someone who contributed code to the Nautilus project. While such suggestions and ideas are better submitted through proper channels, I thought that since I had this person's direct email address, I would do some fishing and see what I could get accomplished.
My idea? It's something that has rubbed under my saddle for quite some time. I spend a lot of time in my file manager, moving or copying things around, renaming files and folders and getting things tarred or zipped for email transport. One of my biggest frustrations is the way copy and move is handled in Nautilus. I choose the Gnome environment because I like it. I also choose to use the context menu to do much of my file work because it is faster for me. I know there are other ways to copy and move files, but I really don't care about those. I want to work the way that's efficient for me....
So I email this guy and honestly, given the much-publicized attitudes of Gnome Developers, I didn't expect a response at all. The perceived arrogance of Gnome Devs has a long history. (note the date posted on link). It was no wonder I was surprised by a rapid response.
I however was less than surprised by the tone of the email.
In short, he, as in speaking for the whole Nautilus development team, rejected the idea specifically because my idea for improvement would be "directly copying KDE's Dolphin and Konq features".
Period. That was all, no discussion, no thank you for your idea....
Just a slammed door by a bigger-than-life ego.
I have come to expect no less from them.
In a perfect world, I would suggest a melding between Nautilus and Dolphin. Both have features that are great but unfortunately, unique to themselves. Let's take a look at my main gripe, the move and copy context menu.
To their credit, Nautilus offers a split pane option. Unfortunately, the Greater Minds of Gnome have decided that the split pane feature will disappear soon, leaving the context menu the only real speedy option for moving and copying files. As of now, the only options you have are the Desktop and Home folder, as seen in the graphic below. (click to enlarge)
Now there is a workaround provided by a number of scripts available on Gnome-look.org but honestly, by the time you navigate to your scripts line in the context menu, open the gui it provides and scan for the destination you want for your file or folder, you could have just as easily copied or cut then pasted the file where you want it. The scripts in my mind, are just a lateral method, not an improvement. To make it worse, they often break if you update, and that adds even more frustration to the entire process. Said gui is pictured below.
Previously I preferred a "clean" install of Gnome, uncluttered with KDE dependencies and apps but recently, I've had a change of heart. A change of heart necessitated by failures of an updated Brasero no longer recognizing my -RW DVDs and Dolphin's superior ability to handle my file manager needs. to quote my good friend Carla:
Do I expect any melding of these great features into one file manager.
And for reasons I've already mentioned, but if I could offer one humble suggestion to each camp it would be simple:
Kindly push your egos out of the way of your progress. If you haven't seen the havoc and disharmony you've caused by now, you might consider a career change.
I would humbly suggest repossession agent.