The state and future of GNOME

NearWildHeaven:

In response to the recent release of GNOME 2.6 and a slightly off-base and unfounded article, I thought I would write up a general review of the usability strides and general functionality strides recently made by GNOME, highlighting a few instances (among an infinite number) where GNOME squashes the offerings of Microsoft or even the beloved Mac OSX. GNOME is a mature, polished interface that is innovative, distinct, and evolving at a faster pace than any other desktop environment.