One thing that concerns me about the new shiny GNOME Shell is that there are no clear plans to support applets/widgets. Although it has been discussed previously nothing has changed as far as I can tell. In my opinion it’s a big flaw if a modern desktop environment provides no easy way to extend it via applets. All the major desktops currently provide a way to do this, so what’s the reason that GNOME Shell decided to not to. The only people that seem to care about this issue are Sandy Armstrong of Tomboy and myself.
So what will it be? R.I.P. applets?