Linked by David Adams on Sat 31st Jul 2010 06:38 UTC
Gnome Yesterday it was announced that GNOME 3.0 is delayed till next year. The extra time has given the Shell Developers some more time to play around with new concepts and they have come up a new mockup. Here are the new mockups.
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RE[2]: Now its gnome's turn...
by leos on Sat 31st Jul 2010 19:52 UTC in reply to "RE: Now its gnome's turn..."
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"Gnome is now well on track to do the same thing, but worse.

Nope, Gnome is actually doing pretty well.

By what measure?

They haven't changed much of the underlying infrastructure of Gnome 2, just the user interface. KDE 4.0 failed because it was a complete rewrite with all new technology.

The user interface is what everyone sees. KDE had plasma which wasn't ready, and Gnome has their new shell, which isn't ready. The rest of the KDE framework didn't cause problems.

"Gnome will also have a fundamentally new design

Gnome Shell is really the only major fundamental change in Gnome 3. And it's just a window manager. The apps are largely the same.

So the thing that users interact with every day all day is fundamentally different. Just like KDE's plasma. The apps most people use (Firefox, Openoffice) didn't change there either.

"The desktop environment has stagnated and that's a good thing.

No, it's not. The desktop needs something new.

Why? Just cause? What precise problem would that solve? How exactly will a new desktop paradigm solve problems for users? Will it make them faster? Different just cause you're bored with the standard is not a good reason for change unless you're making a toy.

KDE 4 is probably the most impressive desktop right now, and it's still just the basic taskbar, windows, widgets, etc. There is a lot out there that has not been explored.

Many many things have been explorer and discarded because they didn't work. You developers see the status quo and think no one has tried anything else. People have tried tons of different things and they didn't improve the situation so they were dropped. But if you don't actually go and read the research and history you would never know.

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