Linked by David Adams on Sat 31st Jul 2010 06:38 UTC
Gnome Yesterday it was announced that GNOME 3.0 is delayed till next year. The extra time has given the Shell Developers some more time to play around with new concepts and they have come up a new mockup. Here are the new mockups.
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RE[3]: Now its gnome's turn...
by Zifre on Sun 1st Aug 2010 00:01 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Now its gnome's turn..."
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By what measure?

Well, just that in my own tests, it seems pretty stable and fairly usable. They certainly have a lot of work to do, but I like the concept and I think that it will be pretty good by the time Gnome 3.0 is released. However, many people disagree, and hate Gnome Shell in general. I don't really know how well it will do in the end.

The user interface is what everyone sees. KDE had plasma which wasn't ready, and Gnome has their new shell, which isn't ready. The rest of the KDE framework didn't cause problems.

Most people pay a lot more attention to the apps than the window manager (although I strongly disagree with the common statement that the OS isn't important and should only exist for the users to use the apps).

And Plasma wasn't the only problem in KDE 4.0. Many of the apps had huge instabilities too. Thankfully, Gnome 3.0 shouldn't have that problem, at least with the apps.

Why? Just cause? What precise problem would that solve? How exactly will a new desktop paradigm solve problems for users? Will it make them faster? Different just cause you're bored with the standard is not a good reason for change unless you're making a toy.

I should have been more clear. I don't think that the desktop needs a fundamental redesign. I'm just a little bit sad that so little attention is payed to it anymore. Phones, netbooks, and tablets are what is new and exciting right now, and there are certainly a lot of people who dismiss the desktop as old and something that only power users need anymore.

That's not to say that there aren't exciting new developments. KDE 4, Windows 7, Gnome 3 are all really nice. I just think that the rate of innovation is slowing. Overall quality is greatly increasing though.

Many many things have been explorer and discarded because they didn't work.

True, but many more ideas have not been tried at all.

You developers see the status quo and think no one has tried anything else.

For one, developers are the ones who try the new ideas in software.

Also, many ideas have been tried but failed due to uncommonness, not merit. For example, attributes and queries in BeOS/Haiku are something that I would love to see on every OS. They didn't "fail" because they were bad. They "failed" because few people use BeOS/Haiku.

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