Linked by Alin on Thu 24th Feb 2011 23:36 UTC
Gnome "Gnome Shell 2.91.90 was released yesterday getting some fine adjustments according to the release announcement: 'This release just about concludes user interface changes anticipated before GNOME 3.0. The only significant change we expect after this release is to add a native network indicator based on NetworkManager 0.9.' Gnome Shell 2.91.90 brings new automatic workspaces, removed minimize and maximize buttons from window titlebars, a PolicyKit authentication agent and more."
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Gnome is focus on touch?
by TheMonoTone on Fri 25th Feb 2011 13:36 UTC
TheMonoTone
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2006-01-01

So gnome is trying to be like a phone/tablet interface or something? I guess that leaves KDE as the only big desktop release left for Linux unless XFCE or LXDE decide to come in and become more featureful. Gnome 3's shell really doesn't look as useful as gnome 2 was even, and gnome 2 while featureful often had quirks that just drove me insane.

Honestly KDE has had the right ideas for my use cases throughout the 4.x release path in terms of window management and program launching. Its all about the search/tile/expose goodness in my mind. They have all 3 unlike many other of the window managers. Its customizable to no end and works quite well most of the time doing so, but the default are quite nice as well.

Qt may be written in a language I hate, but that doesn't mean I dislike the library or the desktop built around it, quite the opposite.

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RE: Gnome is focus on touch?
by joekiser on Fri 25th Feb 2011 14:30 in reply to "Gnome is focus on touch?"
joekiser Member since:
2005-06-30

I like the approach Gnome shell is taking. The window management reminds me of a hybrid of CDE and WebOS. Minimized programs are treated as tiles or cards that can be grouped according to function. The only thing that's missing is a right-click app menu.

IMO, the perfect desktop OS would consist of a dock for frequently access apps, a right-click menu for less often used apps, and running apps would be shown as iconified tiles (small pictures updated in real-time, not icons) on the desktop. The only way that I've seen to get this setup thus far is a very hackish fvwm2 setup that uses ImageMagick to generate thumbnail previews for minimized apps.

Gnome Shell has its quirks, but it is nowhere near as bad as the crap they were putting out just six months ago.

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