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.
Thread beginning with comment 435016
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Why do we need Gnome shell?
by cmost on Sun 1st Aug 2010 22:19 UTC
cmost
Member since:
2006-07-16

Personally, I subscribe to the school of thought "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." With that, I ask why do we need Gnome shell? Was there something wrong with the current Gnome desktop metaphor? Of course I support advancing the GTK framework and adding new functionality, transparency, speed, stability, etc., but do we need the entire desktop reinvented? I'm currently using KDE after using Gnome for a few years and I never use the "activities" feature of that desktop. I suspect a lot of users don't. Considering the outrage that occurred when KDE made such a seismic shift, I hope the Gnome devs know what they're doing.

Reply Score: 3

Delgarde Member since:
2008-08-19

Personally, I subscribe to the school of thought "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."


Yet if you don't change anything, how can you ever improve?

None of the modern desktops are perfect, after all. Gnome and KDE both have their flaws, as do Windows 7 and OS-X. And while you can work behind the scenes to improve memory and CPU use, you're not going to fix the bigger problems that way. So why not try doing something different?

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE: Why do we need Gnome shell?
by irbis on Mon 2nd Aug 2010 17:44 in reply to "Why do we need Gnome shell?"
irbis Member since:
2005-07-08

Personally, I subscribe to the school of thought "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."

I agree. Common users are not looking for amazingly "advanced" looking new kind of GUIs but something familiar looking that makes work easy, is light on system resources, and doesn't look all bad either. On the other hand, I have a hunch that many OSnews readers would like to see big changes in the Gnome interface just for the sake of change, because they are geeks who want to try new things, and don't like it if their pals have toys that look shinier and newer than the toys they use.

Reply Parent Score: 3