Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Nov 2012 16:32 UTC
Gnome Not even GNOME itself could ignore the GNOME 3 criticism for much longer. "As part of the planning for the DropOrFixFallbackMode feature, we've decided that we will compile a list of supported gnome-shell extensions. This will be a small list, focused on just bringing back some central 'classic' UX elements: classic alt tab, task bar, min/max buttons, main menu. To ensure that these extensions keep working, we will release them as a tarball, just like any other module."
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by pandronic on Thu 29th Nov 2012 16:03 UTC in reply to "RE: comment"
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It's basically a case of "If it ain't broke, don't fix it": Most users were perfectly productive with Gnome 2 and would have been happy if they just fixed the remaining bugs.

That's interesting, but do those people see themselves using Gnome 2 in another 10 years? What about progress?

Now, the thing with Gnome 3 is that they are trying to do much more than just a window/desktop manager. They are trying to build a whole ecosystem of apps with some new UI paradigms. The new UI is mostly targeted at tablet-style use cases, where you have one app fullscreen. The problem is, a lot of Gnome 2 users are engineers/scientists/technical users with multiple screens and a lot of windows.

From what I've read about the subject, I've got the feeling that the devs wanted to appeal to a broader audience. Unfortunately, it seems that all they've managed to do was just to drive away the audience they had.

I think Cinnamon should have been a Gnome 3 project (the fallback option).

Edited 2012-11-29 16:04 UTC

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