Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Apr 2011 17:50 UTC, submitted by Cytor
Gnome The day is finally here, the day that the GNOME team releases GNOME 3.0, the first major revision of the GNOME project since 2002. Little of GNOME 2.x is left in GNOME 3.0, and as such, you could call it GNOME's KDE4. We're living in fortunate times, what, with two wildly divergent open source desktops.
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RE[2]: Sigh...
by sdeber on Wed 6th Apr 2011 19:47 UTC in reply to "RE: Sigh..."
sdeber
Member since:
2005-07-06

It is not the matter of getting used to a new way of doing things. Gnome-shell has something physically missing. Say when you have a lot of windows open, how would you navigate among them? Either use alt-tab or go to Activities first. Either way involves extra steps.
What sucks more is that the global picture of opened windows will not present itself unless you do extra clicking. Why does it bug me? because I want to check the windows list with my eyes ONLY, not my eyes and my hands together.

Edited 2011-04-06 20:00 UTC

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RE[3]: Sigh...
by jonnjonzzn on Wed 6th Apr 2011 20:51 in reply to "RE[2]: Sigh..."
jonnjonzzn Member since:
2010-01-18

I believe that's exactly the point of this interface design. Focus on a single task or few tasks. Minimize clutter and visual distraction.

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RE[4]: Sigh...
by UltraZelda64 on Wed 6th Apr 2011 22:42 in reply to "RE[3]: Sigh..."
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

I believe that's exactly the point of this interface design. Focus on a single task or few tasks. Minimize clutter and visual distraction.

...and make it more difficult to efficiently use multitasking.

Yeah, great idea during a time when processors fly and computers have tons of memory available for just about anything its user might want to do, and then sone. Problem is, GNOME is about 15-25 years too late. This kind of thing would have been *great* ages ago...

Hardware takes us several steps forward and continues to improve... while GNOME tries to take us decades back in functionality.

Sounds like something Microsoft or Apple would do... but they have a reason: Microsoft can sell a more functional, more expensive license to those who want more features and power (ie. Starter -> Home Premium or Professional), while Apple is trying to sell shiny white overpriced hardware to computer-illiterate users and going for the lowest common denominator is the way to do it.

GNOME... I'm not sure what they're trying to prove, given that they're throwing away just about everything when it comes to modern UI design. They sure can't be trying to steal Mac OS X users through ease of use and familiarity as they were often accused of in the past, since GNOME 3 doesn't act anything like Mac OS X (let alone anything else).

That said, I am interested to try Gnome Shell again (tried it before very briefly, wasn't too impressed then) and see it evolve. Hopefully it pulls a KDE4 and steadily improves while diminishing all of its shortcomings... but if Gnome 2 was any indication, it's more likely to diminish more functionality.

Yeah, I'm prepared to be modded straight down to hell for this. Fire away.

Edited 2011-04-06 22:57 UTC

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RE[4]: Sigh...
by grat on Wed 6th Apr 2011 23:33 in reply to "RE[3]: Sigh..."
grat Member since:
2006-02-02

I believe that's exactly the point of this interface design. Focus on a single task or few tasks. Minimize clutter and visual distraction.


My 6 virtual desktops with a viewport of 2560x1024 allows me to minimize clutter, avoid distraction, and jump to any running application with no more than two clicks on the taskbar.

And then for comic relief, I can move the mouse to one corner, and show all my active windows on my current screen.

I want a desktop that works for me... not a desktop that I have to learn to work for.

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