Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 13th Oct 2011 21:33 UTC, submitted by mahmudinashar
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Ah, it's that time of the year again. We already had this up on the sidebar, but I figured we'd turn it into a proper front page item - mostly because I want to discuss the move by the Ubuntu team to no longer install GNOME 2 as the 'classic' desktop option - which pretty much ends any and all involvement for me with Ubuntu (KDE 4 here I come). There's more to this than just that, of course, so those of you who do like Unity still have enough reason to upgrade.
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Gnome 3 FTW (at home)
by hpaavola on Sun 16th Oct 2011 18:50 UTC
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Gnome 3 with Gnome Shell is the first Linux desktop environment which is suitable for me and does not look like a bad copy of Windows or OSX. At least at home.

Maybe 90% of the time I have only one window open, my browser. Gnome 3 (or is it Gnome Shell, I don't care, I'll just call it Gnome 3) keeps all those unnecessary app launchers and switcher away and pretty much just tells me what the time is and how is my battery doing. That's precisely what I want from my desktop.

Sometimes when I have another windows open (usually Picasa and Pinta or NetBeans and Terminal), I do miss some sort of app switcher that would stay visible all the time. But since most of the time app switcher are just a distraction, it's better this way. It would be really nice if I could right click the favorites bar (or what ever it is called, the dock that is shown in left hand side when hitting Windows key or moving mouse to upper left corner), and set it be visible all the time while I'm programming and hide it again when I'm not.

At work, where I have to run many different programs and have closer to 10 windows open all the time, I guess Gnome 3 would be frustrating to use. Managing many different windows and running apps would probably be quite hard without some sort of app launcher/switcher all the time.

Anyway, because Gnome 3 rocks for me, I switched from Windows 7 to Ubuntu few months back.

Unity on the other hand is the ugliest desktop environment I've ever seen.

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