The new folder icons look like a nice improvement, but don't really fit the rest of the interface. They look nicer than the Ubuntu ones in my opinion and yeah the current GNOME folders do look incredibly dated.
The_Decryptor, on 12 March 2013 - 04:01, said:
Wow, I didn't realise how much the Gnome file browser looks like the OS X finder these days, that's not really that good an inspiration to copy from (The Finder is a horrible app)
Shhhhht you're not allowed to say such things around here!
Since Apple rewrote Finder in Cocoa I honestly don't have much of an issue with it and never really understood the perpetual hate some feel towards it. Sometimes it's like Finder suffers from the Internet Explorer Syndrome. Since Mac OS X Panther I always liked its clean appearance, as such I think Gnome's file manager looks pretty nice as well.