Sorry, what I meant was “what is foundation’s stance on GNOME apps / libraries”, which are not getting enough attention for various reasons:
- Maintainer is unable to find enough time for the project.
- Maintainer not available for the project.
- Too many open Gitlab project issues with 1 ( or 2 if lucky ) developer / maintainer working on a relatively large code-base.
I just had a quick look at Foundation board meeting minutes, and I don’t seem to find anything in this regard. Might have missed it though.
As a foundation we’re now getting regular donations:
$823,412 - FY 2018
$632,914 - FY 2019
Source: GNOME FOUNDATION ( 2018–2019 ANNUAL REPORT )
which is one of the major sources of income for the GNOME foundation. In such a scenario, we should have a strong policy on how much we pay attention to user’s feedback ( say, after every GNOME release ). Do we have a survey / feedback page available to users to give feedback ( say,
Brasero was highlighted as an example, since it is a highly user visible app, which is not getting much attention lately. And it doesn’t reflect good on GNOME, when it is not maintained for a long time. There are issues and comments in Gitlab for brasero for anyone to take a look at the state of the project.
As a foundation primarily driven by donations, GNOME has some commitment to users and hence user-visible apps ( Audio / Video / Imaging / Editing / File manager / Software / Browser ). Gnome 3.36 and 3.38 have received good reviews, but still there are old pending issues, which keep coming in the comments release after release ( For eg. Nautilus desktop icons ).
I have been keeping a watch on Linux Mint for quite sometime, and it is pretty impressive how they work closely with their user base. Same with Elementary / Zorin / PopOs / Manjaro, though not to the extent of Mint. Sure, they’re distros, and GNOME is not ( yet ), but still it wouldn’t hurt to listen to user’s feedback about GNOME.
I would recommend a new position in GNOME BoD whose primary responsibility would be to act as a bridge between the GNOME user community and GNOME development community, and ensure that any valid and important suggestions from the user community gets addressed as part of every GNOME release.