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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First off, just a "Thank God for Linux Mint"; every time I read on this site someone saying Linux hasn't managed a decent desktop experience yet, or that you still have to fiddle with it hugely to get it to work, I look calmly at my experience with Linux Mint since Helena, even now using at in a professional environment, to the advantage of my productivity (switched to my Mint partition just yesterday to complete something quickly, efficiently and cost free that I wasn't able to manage easily on OS X Snow Leopard).

The idea of Gnome 3 has been so damned frightening I have barely even looked at screenshots, since I have been very happy using Gnome 2 as a refuge after the shift in direction at the "Other Place" (sorry KDE4ers - it's just a statement of fact for me, not an ideological position).

But knowing how thorough, conscientious, and responsive to the community Clem and the LM team are, I think they will go a long way to making Gnome 3 a very positive experience for people like me, who have found Linux something that has indeed gone from being a maddening pain to being an enabler over the past few years.

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