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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RE[8]: Very nice, but......
by Rahul on Mon 28th Feb 2011 11:05 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Very nice, but......"
Rahul
Member since:
2005-07-06

The majority of users don't care about having a window list either. Only power users care about it and they can use a extension.

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RE[9]: Very nice, but......
by pandronic on Mon 28th Feb 2011 12:22 in reply to "RE[8]: Very nice, but......"
pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

Unless we see some kind of study we don't know what the majority of the users prefers. We were discussing the merits and shortcomings of docks and window lists. BTW, why do you think the dock approach is superior?

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RE[10]: Very nice, but......
by Rahul on Mon 28th Feb 2011 12:31 in reply to "RE[9]: Very nice, but......"
Rahul Member since:
2005-07-06

"Unless we see some kind of study we don't know what the majority of the users prefers."

I wasn't the one who brought up the idea of majority of users preferring something in the first place. So if that a criticism of my position, it equals applies to yours. Having said that, there is a great amount of publicly archived usability studies on general purpose desktops including ones done by Microsoft and Apple, not to mention Sun, Novell, Red Hat etc that GNOME can and does rely on. They also use the help of several interaction designers and usability experts.

For a quick perusal, I suggest

http://live.gnome.org/GnomeShell/Design

"BTW, why do you think the dock approach is superior?"

Why would you assume I think that? People don't necessarily need window lists. They need good ways of accessing a list of applications they are currently running. Dock is one way of doing it. Window list is another. Dash is another variant and so on. It doesn't have to be either/or. With GNOME Shell extensions, it can be all of these and I don't see a problem with that. For instance,

http://torb.blogspot.com/2010/08/dock-extension-for-gnome-shell.htm...

It is a fairly trivial extension that shows what capabilities are being exposed. Ideally, something like the Firefox add-on interface would make it easy for users to browse and enable extra features. A window list is a obvious extension in that list.

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