Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 23rd Feb 2010 20:40 UTC, submitted by hotice
Gnome GNOME Shell is the new core user interface for GNOME 3. GNOME Shell 2.29.0 brings a lot of new features and improvements, the most noticeable being a new message tray showing notifications sliding into the bottom of the screen, a status area for past notifications, the ability to set your presence to the user status menu, switching the overview between a grid and linear view of workspaces.
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Cool idea, but bad implementation
by Zifre on Wed 24th Feb 2010 19:21 UTC
Zifre
Member since:
2009-10-04

I tried the last version of GNOME-Shell, and I thought it was a very cool idea. The only problems were that:

* Text in some places was HUGE (i.e. like 500pt or something like that!)
* There was no way to move the panel to the bottom of the screen (which makes it pointless to use Chrome, the tabs are the only reason I use it over Firefox)
* It was kind of slow
* It was lacking polish

Now, with this release, all these issues are still there (although it feels a bit more polished), but it is even slower! It is completely unusable (i915 GPU, in case it matters).

I have a feeling that it is their large reliance on JavaScript, instead of using something like Vala or Genie that would be faster and still relatively easy to develop.

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vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26


Now, with this release, all these issues are still there (although it feels a bit more polished), but it is even slower! It is completely unusable (i915 GPU, in case it matters).


It's quite unusable on my laptop as well (using nvidia blob, even).

I have a feeling that it is their large reliance on JavaScript, instead of using something like Vala or Genie that would be faster and still relatively easy to develop.

The slowness has nothing to do with Javascript, it's all about what gets accelerated and how well. The hard work is handled by Clutter.

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Elv13 Member since:
2006-06-12

Gnome will now join KDE in the lost in advance quest to push desktop display technologies forward to just to be as fast as it was before. A noble quest...

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