Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 23rd Feb 2010 20:40 UTC, submitted by hotice
Gnome GNOME Shell is the new core user interface for GNOME 3. GNOME Shell 2.29.0 brings a lot of new features and improvements, the most noticeable being a new message tray showing notifications sliding into the bottom of the screen, a status area for past notifications, the ability to set your presence to the user status menu, switching the overview between a grid and linear view of workspaces.
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Now, with this release, all these issues are still there (although it feels a bit more polished), but it is even slower! It is completely unusable (i915 GPU, in case it matters).

It's quite unusable on my laptop as well (using nvidia blob, even).

I have a feeling that it is their large reliance on JavaScript, instead of using something like Vala or Genie that would be faster and still relatively easy to develop.

The slowness has nothing to do with Javascript, it's all about what gets accelerated and how well. The hard work is handled by Clutter.

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