Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Thu 20th Jan 2011 21:00 UTC, submitted by fran
Gnome "The GNOME Project launches the new GNOME 3 website that brings you all the latest news about the new desktop of the same name. The new GNOME 3 website walks the curious as well as the new and seasoned GNOME user through all that the new GNOME 3 desktop is."
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A lot happening in the Linux UI world
by Neolander on Thu 20th Jan 2011 21:07 UTC
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First LibreOffice's mockups and now this ? Wow... Enough to answer the concerns of those who claim that Linux's UI is stuck in the 20th century ?

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the mock ups of gnome looks great

on a totally different subject. Linux gaming
Arx fatalis was opensourced while ago, chances are it will be coming to linux and I hope opensourcing will mean expansions packs.
Hope this is a rising trend.

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Comment by boyfarrell
by boyfarrell on Thu 20th Jan 2011 23:16 UTC
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The mock ups do look great. But it doesn't look like anything has changed on the usability spectrum. I was a UI to be minimal and compact. New GNOME has so much empty space (in a bad way!).

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stability vs features
by stabbyjones on Thu 20th Jan 2011 23:28 UTC
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It's finally starting to hit the slick feel and speed the original releases had although they were extremely basic compared to the current status.

I rebuild gnome-shell every week and after a good few months of dumping in features and a multitude of changes everything is much more smooth to use now.

Searching for apps in the overlay is almost near instant for me now. something that has NEVER been quick before. There is also integrated Google/wikipedia search from within the overlay that will launch your browser. Search apps and the Internet all from the overlay!

The message tray is amazing, try it with empathy or the latest stable release of Rhythmbox and you'll see what I mean.

The latest build has also completely fixed all graphical/redraw errors I was getting with previous builds.

Nearly there GNOME!

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RE: stability vs features
by stabbyjones on Fri 21st Jan 2011 03:42 UTC in reply to "stability vs features"
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Also the integrated desktop recording (ctrl + alt + shift + r) is smooth and stable without hindering the desktop at all for me now.

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by Warnaud on Fri 21st Jan 2011 07:22 UTC
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Nice! That's really astonishing ... it doesn't looks like ... OSX :|
Well recoded! Impressive new ideas like a dock, a top bar ... amazing.

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RE: Incredible!
by Neolander on Fri 21st Jan 2011 15:51 UTC in reply to "Incredible!"
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I don't think this is what you think it is. Read the description on the website.

As an example, one of the big highlights is their new notification system (the icons in the bottom are notifications), which allows things like unrollable details and answering to "new message" notifications from IM clients. Afaik, OSX still does not even ship with a basic notification system by default, Growl is third-party software.

No dock permanently eating space at the bottom of your screen (or worse, autohiding) either, nor a Windows-like usual task switcher. Task switching goes mostly through the "activity" mechanism. You move your mouse in the topleft corner, and then you can switch from one task to another or launch new tasks. This decision was made in order to help people focus on what they're doing, according to the GNOME team. Not sure how I feel about this now, but I sure would like to try it once this reaches beta level at least (still have bad memories of KDE 4.0 alpha).

Top vs bottom panels is a matter of taste, frankly you can't say that because you put the system tray in some place you're cloning another DE which does it in the same way. GNOME used to have both top and bottom panels. Having recently had to ditch my CRT for a shiny LCD screen (sigh), the top of my screen is generally totally unreadable on sunny days, so I'm happy they decided to put notifications in the bottom and left the much less frequently used system tray on top.

Edited 2011-01-21 15:59 UTC

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by OSGuy on Fri 21st Jan 2011 07:48 UTC
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I didn't read anything anywhere about mockups in relation to GNOME 3. To me those screenshots are real. LibreOffice GUI mockups yes I read that.

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RE: Mockups?
by boldingd on Sat 22nd Jan 2011 23:38 UTC in reply to "Mockups?"
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I didn't notice the site saying either way. Note, however, that there's a hopefully-buildable-and-runnable Alpha that you can check out. Given that, it seems reasonable to assume that those are actual screen shots, not mock-ups.

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by vezhlys on Fri 21st Jan 2011 08:17 UTC
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Che, I didn't know that this site was launched recently. I was browsing it some days ago after new xfce had been released. I wonder if it will work ok on BSD systems as I use NetBSD as my primary OS now but it looks interesting... Maybe I'll try development build on some Linux in several weeks.

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by Hiev on Fri 21st Jan 2011 15:54 UTC
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You can see GNOME SHELL in action here:

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the new GDM
by alcibiades on Sun 23rd Jan 2011 10:10 UTC
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I was rendered almost speechless with fury at the new version of GDM. The old version had all the configuration conveniently available to you with a click. That was the main, maybe the only, reason for preferring it to xdm. So I do a new install for someone of PCLinux Gnome, and discover this thing with zero configuration options.

What on earth are these people doing? Just when you get used to using some convenient functionality, they take it out. Its worse than Apple.

So, feeling that if this was what they were going to do one might as well go properly minimalist and get rid of the bloat, I put in xdm. If you don't want to set up remote working, preferences, auto login all that stuff, then xdm is fine, fast and minimal. But we already had it. So why are they first writing something with all kinds of quite convenient functions all in one place, and then taking it all out again to make it into xdm?

These people are completely mad. Then you have the other madness in the KDE lot who made a perfectly decent desktop into something basically unusable for no reason anyone can explain.

I know, its all free....

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