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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RE[5]: Don't know...
by kiddo on Sat 9th Apr 2011 12:57 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Don't know..."
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Long story short, in Win95 MS introduced the notification area (aka "tray icons") but did not strictly restrict it to system notifications.

Every damn app maker on the planet started abusing it and docking his apps into it.

Microsoft then tried to cover the problem in Windows XP and subsequent releases by making icons autohide in that area... which is a band-aid, not a fix, and a stupid one.

GNOME Shell makes this distinction clear and doesn't allow apps to show icons into the upper right corner, which is reserved for system stuff.

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