These are really interesting news that come directly from Ubuntu’s Sebastien Bacher in Launchpad Bug Tracker. Sebastian basically says that Ubuntu cannot follow Gnome upstream as Gnome lack to plan their work in advance or communicate enough with Ubuntu about their new features.
There is another interesting discussion with Sebastien Bacher and Yorba’s founder Adam Dingle (which btw we’ll print a nice interview of him later today), this time in Gnome’s Nautilus Mailing Lists that Sebastien makes known that:
“ We (Ubuntu) might well start following GNOME with one cycle delay (i.e building our next version on the current stable rather than following the current unstable)”
I won’t comment or print the whole discussions here but just a small part of what Sebastian said:
“The lesson that we learned this cycle is that GNOME is not planning their work enough in advance or communicating enough for us to keep basing our distribution on the current unstable GNOME versions. If that situation doesn’t change we might well start following GNOME with one cycle delay (i.e building our next version on the current stable rather than following the current unstable), we can’t really build a solid product on shifting code where the direction is not communicated in advance.”
That is quite a surprise because Ubuntu 12.10 has already Nautilus 3.5. In the end of the day, it might nothing happens because there were such discussions also in the past.