8 changes Debian GNOME Desktop Xfce as default , as published by one of the developers of Debian. The decision is made, but not definitive.
reasons developer Joey Hess brings are:
Popcon numbers [Ndr: usage statistics packages] to GNOME Jessie. If GNOME facilities increase fast enough though Xfce as the default desktop (for example, comparing facilities KDE), then we know that users prefer GNOME. Currently no data available to users when they choose GNOME is the default. Part of the reason to switch to Xfce is knowing that data.
- States accessibility support, especially for blind people.
- How well does the interface for both the new and the old users. GNOME 3 seems to be bringing back many of the features of GNOME 2 users expect, some through supplements. If users of GNOME 2 and Xfce are comfortable then, would have gone a long way to rethink to GNOME 3 as the default option. Meanwhile, GNOME 3 is opening a new paradigm with its interface, if the interface is more welcoming to new users or works better on mobile devices, etc., that would be another factor to consider.
Space limitations of the installation media.
this story sound familiar? Because the same developer raised the same for Debian 7 and did not happen. Why it did not happen is we do not know, but if you are considering changing , it is clear that something happened.
In any case, much time left for us to know the final solution applied. Debian 8 codenamed ‘Jessie’ should arrive sometime in the first half of 2015, without specific dates.