Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Mar 2014 00:00 UTC

Major new features for this release include a significant update to the experience for finding and installing applications, as well as major facelifts for the Videos and gedit applications. Those who have high resolution displays will benefit from greater support, and users will experience better start up times as well as more efficient resource usage. They will also be able to quickly organize their applications with the new application folders feature.

I remember a time when GNOME and KDE releases were big deals here. Feels like eons ago, a distant memory from an irrelevant past.

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aesthetics vs usability
by SzoylentGreen on Fri 28th Mar 2014 13:43 UTC
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Gnome 3.12 looks very appealing from an aesthetics standpoint. Everything is nicely polished, very consistent. They have very clean choice of color schemes and a very consistent and clean icon set.

Problem is they've made some bizarre choices from a usability standpoint. Why the hell is it that about half the functionality is in the right side popup menu (the gear icon), and the other half is with the global half menu. WTF, seriously.

Then you have Unity which is borderline unusable on a desktop, at least with out unity tweak tool.

Finally KDE. KDE may have some seriously blind UI designers. Actually, I don't think they have any UI designers. Its really clear that most of the apps were made with a GUI form designer, i.e. everything looks like a dialog box from a VB application. The icons are ugly, plasma is garish, But at least its USABLE. You don't have to try to figure out what functionality is with which half menu. All the menu items are in one place.

If your going to do global menu bar, at least do it right like OSX. I'm perfectly fine using local or global menus, I just want them to work. Unity's global menu bar is totally schizophrenic, just seems to randomly switch around, really distracting. Plus it completely broken with Eclipse.

It seems like Linux just can't get global menu bar right. So how about this, don't use one. Just do local menus because they can seem to get those to work right, see Gnome 2 and KDE.

And this nonsense of the Unity hiding local menus, talk about distracting and jarring, whenever you move away from the window, the menus hide.

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