In general I try to keep my linux dev machine as up to date as poosible.
So I normally reside on the "testing" branch of Debian.
From time to time I run a "apt-get update ; apt-get upgrade" to get the latest tested versions of my installed software and fetch security patches and other improvements.
This time I'm regretting badly:
The latest version of SciTE, my main development environment, got an update to 1.61. The main change in this release is that it "uses the improved file chooser on GTK+ 2.4". Dammit.
I don't know how GTK defines "improved" but this file dialog is just unusable.
I have to select everything with the mouse, keyboard navigation is not present. Can be quite annoying if you search a single file in a 1000+ directory even if you exactly know the name of the file. Scrolling nightmare. It is not possible to go up a directory tree easily and the highest level directly available is your home directory. Altough there is a point "Filesystem" on the left bar, this takes you directly to "/". You can't go directly to e.g. "/home/" from "/home/user/", you have to take all the way over "/".
Well, you can define bookmarks(?) to jump directly into a directory but you can't rename them and so I'm having three bookmarks called "include" and everytime I have to try each one where it takes me when I search a file in one of those.
What makes everything a bit worse is that there IS actually (some sort of ) a keyboard navigation present, you can reach it by "CTRL-L" inside the open file dialog (Shortcuts in dialogs? What the...?). An autocomplete-bar opens where you can enter the path and name of the files more or less usable but this definitely should have been on the main open dialog.
Sadly I can't downgrade my editor anymore because it seems that the old package is not available anywhere.