Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Apr 2011 17:50 UTC, submitted by Cytor
Gnome The day is finally here, the day that the GNOME team releases GNOME 3.0, the first major revision of the GNOME project since 2002. Little of GNOME 2.x is left in GNOME 3.0, and as such, you could call it GNOME's KDE4. We're living in fortunate times, what, with two wildly divergent open source desktops.
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The Gnome 3.0 release is nothing like the KDE 4.0 release.

KDE 4.0 latter was slow, unstable and not very functional. Gnome 3.0 is smooth, stable, nice looking and indeed very functional.

Can things in Gnome 3 be improved? Certainly!
Will they improve in upcoming releases? Certainly!
Will your favorite feature be implemented? Perhaps! Start by letting them know what you think and come up with constructive ideas :-)

For many of us, Gnome 3 presents a radical shift in window and notification management. I run a huge gkrellm panel with *a lot* continuously updated sensors and data, have 10-20 programs running at the same time and many chat sessions going. Having switched between Gnome Shell and KDE 4.6 for a while, I have come to realize I am probably one of those power users who really benefit from cutting back on UI elements to avoid distraction.

In KDE 4.6 I had pretty much given up on managing windows and workspaces and I was flooded by fairly useless notifications. I never found a Plasma theme that blended well with the Oxygen widgets.

I find Gnome 3 to fit my lazy UI management better. I tend to run more programs maximized and actually bother using workspaces. I would not say I am faster in locating arbitrary windows, but instead I am more focused on what I am doing and less distracted at little or no expense to fast task switching. Could I set up KDE to emulate some of this? Probably. Would I ever bother? No. Even if I did, I would not get the performance and automated workspace management that Gnome Shell provides.

I now have gkrellm running as a window below all other windows and switch to a free workspace to look at it when I need to. I realize I could have done this before as well, but when using Gnome Shell, I somehow stand less widgets and clutter and expect a calmer interface.

Overall I am very pleased with Gnome Shell. It has a level of smoothness to it that I have yet to experience in Kwin and Plasma. I think this is just the beginning in rethinking Desktop UIs and that other DEs will develop along these lines.

Edited 2011-04-07 09:49 UTC

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