Linked by Antonio Ospite on Fri 21st Oct 2011 23:35 UTC
Gnome Antonio Ospite explores Gnome 3 in fall-back mode and tries to make it look and behave more like Gnome 2.32 again. This summer Linus Torvalds made it to the news for complaining about the gnome-shell design; Gnome fall-back mode is the solution for those like Linus who can't - or better, do not want to - use gnome-shell just yet.
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RE: Dump Gnome
by Peter Besenbruch on Sat 22nd Oct 2011 04:01 UTC in reply to "Dump Gnome"
Peter Besenbruch
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IIRC Linus moved to Xfce. Eric Raymond after several hours is also looking to move there. I'm moving away from Gnome to Xfce as I upgrade.


It's important to understand ESR's objections to Gnome 3. You can read them here:

http://esr.ibiblio.org/?p=3822

His biggest objection to Gnome is this: "While you can add applets to the fake GNOME panel, you cannot remove them or shuffle them around. Eventually, by making a fresh account, taking checksums of its dotfiles, adding an applet, and taking checksums again, I found out that the new panel configuration lives in a file called .config/dconf/user that is an opaque binary blob."

ESR is right, using binary blobs for configuration is a major UNIX sin. As he writes: "burying my configuration inside an opaque binary blob – that is unforgivably stupid and bad engineering. How did forty years of Unix heritage comes to this?"

Gnome Shell is a crippled, half-working version that still requires a lot of manual or quirky programs to configure it to get anywhere near the earlier experience.


I haven't been able to try the new Gnome out out, as it doesn't like Virtualbox.

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