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Gnome "Today, the GNOME Project celebrates the release of GNOME 3.6, the latest version of the popular free desktop, as well as the GNOME developer platform. GNOME 3.6 is the third major update of GNOME 3. It builds on the foundations that we have laid with the previous 3.x releases and offers a greatly enhanced experience. The exciting new features and improvements in this release include a new login experience, integrated input methods, a refresh of the message tray, support for more online accounts, improved accessibility, and many more."
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Problems with Gnome
by TechGeek on Sun 30th Sep 2012 04:24 UTC
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Here are what I see as the problems with Gnome 3:

1. Top bar contains certain info (app name, activities, clock, and a few icons) with no way to change it. Why do I need accessibility? I don't use those features. Yet weather, which is important to me, cant be displayed.

2. Windows title bars contain title and close button. Yet they are huge. Combined with the top bar, you lose almost an inch of space. Displays are getting shorter and wider, yet the interface is not taking advantage of this by using the sides.

3. Hot corner in the upper left corner? WTF? Yes, lets put a location sensitive area right next to the spot where ALL app menus are top left aligned. I can't count the number of time I over shoot the menus and end up in hell mode, which then requires me to move somewhere else and click to get out of it.

4. Default view in activities is just a huge grid of icons for every app installed? Tree menus were invented for a reason: so we didn't just have to make a giant pile.

I could keep going on, but the point is that Gnome 3 is bad. Its got great software behind it. The features that exist are very cool. But the UI design and philosophy behind the DE is just crap, If your users are screaming at your changes, and then spawning new DE's and extensions to add back in old features, guess what? You FAILED. This isn't just a few sour people. The common trend is to install Gnome 3 and then add extensions for what you are missing. (mentioned in pretty much every review, even by gnome 3 devs) To me that is an inherently flawed design goal.

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