The minis are for advanced users who know what they need to install to make it all work. If you don't know what to install to make it all work then better to stay with a full version. I just plugged my Olympus camera in on my Gnome desktop and I have it opened in Nautilus with access to all of my pictures.
"Burning iso's is such a great native linux feature, I can't imagine why it would be left out of the new iso, and the ability to recognize a digital camera sure seems like it could be considered a must-have part of the infrastructure"
my netbook doesn't have burner, burn isos is not for everybody this days and alot has to be removed to make a mini version of gnome and kde
this is why mini versions are for "advanced users who know what they need to install to make it all work"
"I has persistence fanboy, i'll figger it out myself if I has to"
it was just a suggestion, nothing offensive and i like gnome too
i have it installed on my desktop but i never downloaded a gnome iso, i always start from kde and then add more and since kde4 has been so solid for me on netbook and desktop i always recommend it but gnome is also good, just a matter of what you prefer to use
lately i use lots of gnome apps and if gnome 3 ends as i expect it, i might jump to gnome permanently, who knows?