When reading discussions about decadence I could not help but feel a bit guilty, especially since gedit user base has never been more healthy: new plugins are released, users partecipate on irc and mailing lists, blog posts about customizing gedit pop up daily on the interweb.
It seemed inevitable that gedit 2.24 would have been pretty much exactly the same as 2.22, but Jesse came to rescue. He first ported the filebrowser side pane to gio and last week he completed the work by also reworking all the gedit internals (especially remote file loading and saving) to use gio instead of gnome-vfs. As of today I committed that work to svn and I released a new development snapshot release.
Since Jesse was on a roll, he also ported all the dialogs from libglade to gtkbuilder, killing yet another dependency.
Please test it, test it, test it and test it again and then report bugs!