Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th Nov 2011 22:56 UTC, submitted by Dart
Linux When GNOME did its version 3 and Ubuntu came up with Unity, the popularity of Linux Mint sky-rocketed, because they stuck with GNOME 2.32. The Mint team has been working on their next version for a while now, and today, they first unveiled what they're working on. There's good news - the team is working on making GNOME 3 likeable. Their question for this release: "How do we make people like Gnome 3? And what do we provide as an alternative to those who still do not want to change?"
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GNOME 3 Revenge
by Jason Bourne on Fri 4th Nov 2011 23:38 UTC
Jason Bourne
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This is actually a bold step for Linux Mint. I see Clem's diplomacy when he says "not sure they're right or wrong". Obviously they are wrong in many ways. One of them is that I can't even change the pointer. I'm not sure this is going against the exact purpose of GNOME 3, which is to stablish a "cohesive, clean and new experience" for the desktop.

GNOME 3 developers may interpret this as a confrontation, because what is going to be deployed as default is actually what GNOME guys WERE NOT intending to deploy at all.

The consensus so far for Ubuntu and Mint: G3 is a better stack and better backend. However, none of them have accepted the what the real purpose of GNOME 3 was. Only Fedora (the mighty beloved distro who blew everything, according to ESR) jumped the boat first, and deployed G3, in the vanilla way.

I'm sad by all of this. I'm actually considering W7 as main OS now. I may do some stupid moves. Free software is so cool, but what is the point when it gets in your way. I will need a new hard drive to make this move, so I have to wait a bit.

Linux distros were so fragmented, and now, with this new desktop dilema, they become ever more fragmented and confusing. We should have no choice, in the practical sense. One desktop to bind it all. This is the only way we can make Linux succeed. Not sure now if we were 1% of user share. GNOME 3 was deployed with this in mind - no choice, conquer the world. I would have appreciated if it was not this whole revolution.

Happy news is that Ubuntu has been placed SECOND on distrowatch.com, and after MANY years on the top. I hope that Mark Shuttleworth enjoys this one with many beers.

(And I hope this topic is free of lemur2, which will say something about KDE).

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