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[5]: Sigh...
by Mystilleef on Wed 6th Apr 2011 22:59 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Sigh..."
Mystilleef
Member since:
2005-06-29

Unfortunately, the reality is that humans aren't good at multitasking. Actually, we're terrible at it. Thus it's prudent to design interfaces and workflows with a single-tasking bent as opposed to multitasking one. This is something GNOME Shell actually got right from a cognitive design perspective!

There are many studies that show that we are terrible at multitasking. Google is your friend. Here's a link to one of them.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=95256794

Edited 2011-04-06 23:00 UTC

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RE[6]: Sigh...
by UltraZelda64 on Wed 6th Apr 2011 23:07 in reply to "RE[5]: Sigh..."
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Despite what the studies might say, not *everyone* is utterly incapable of multitasking. Some people are actually more productive with it. Are those people supposed to stoop down to the majority's level? If so, why even buy computers with gigabytes of RAM? And tabbed browsing? Get rid of that too--can't have too many Web pages on your mind, now. Might as well go back to 512MB-1GB, tops, if we're going to throw effective multi-tasking out the window. It's a good thing GNOME has tons of competition.

Edited 2011-04-06 23:21 UTC

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RE[7]: Sigh...
by Mystilleef on Wed 6th Apr 2011 23:36 in reply to "RE[6]: Sigh..."
Mystilleef Member since:
2005-06-29

Most people are capable of multitasking. They're just bad at it. For
example, people are very capable of talking on the phone and driving.
However, the chances of an accident increases dramatically when they do
that. Add 2 more activities such as eating and brushing your hair and
then chances of having an accident becomes certain.

Can people talk on the phone, eat, brush their hair and drive at the
same time? Yes. How well will they perform all these tasks? Not too well.
Should people do this? No. Why? People are not good at multitasking.

There's an increasing consensus in the Nueroscientific community that
multitasking actually decreases productivity and not the other way
round. This is due to the expense of context switching and the energy
spent refocusing (entering into a state of flow) when switching to the
new tasks. And also due to the fact that the brain can't multitask as
far as we know.

You are better off readjusting your workflow to eliminate multitasking.
Multitasking is cool for computers (hence more ram and cpu power is
welcome, plus new software can't get enough of them), but not for us
humans.

The whole point of GNOME Shell is to reduce multitasking so you don't
have to switch focus too often. That's why, for example, instant
messaging is baked into the Shell. As more apps adopt this design
philosophy, hopefully in the near future switching back and forth to
different apps will become irrelevant. So also will starring at the
task bar.

This link shows articles and studies that show how multitasking is bad
for productivity.

http://www.google.com/search?aq=f&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=multit...

Edited 2011-04-06 23:38 UTC

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RE[7]: Sigh...
by cmost on Thu 7th Apr 2011 01:11 in reply to "RE[6]: Sigh..."
cmost Member since:
2006-07-16

Despite what the studies might say, not *everyone* is utterly incapable of multitasking. Some people are actually more productive with it. Are those people supposed to stoop down to the majority's level? If so, why even buy computers with gigabytes of RAM? And tabbed browsing? Get rid of that too--can't have too many Web pages on your mind, now. Might as well go back to 512MB-1GB, tops, if we're going to throw effective multi-tasking out the window. It's a good thing GNOME has tons of competition.


I hate to break the news to you bud, but no matter how much you might think you excel at multi-tasking, it's utterly impossible for a human being to multi-task. Period. Sorry. While you might be able to efficiently switch between tasks, you're incapable of true multi-tasking, as is everyone. I only wish I could convince others, like the ones hurtling down the expressway at 80 mph while yapping on a smartphone, of this fact.

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RE[6]: Sigh...
by Sauron on Thu 7th Apr 2011 09:35 in reply to "RE[5]: Sigh..."
Sauron Member since:
2005-08-02

Unfortunately, the reality is that humans aren't good at multitasking. Actually, we're terrible at it. Thus it's prudent to design interfaces and workflows with a single-tasking bent as opposed to multitasking one. This is something GNOME Shell actually got right from a cognitive design perspective!

There are many studies that show that we are terrible at multitasking. Google is your friend. Here's a link to one of them.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=95256794


Sorry but not everyone is bad at multitasking. I and many millions of others was multitasking just fine 20 years ago on the old Commodore Amiga. Now they want to make Gnome hard to multitask or even incapable of doing this? This is a couple of decades step backward at least! Thankfully we have KDE, XFCE and E17 to fall back on. Gnome is now unusable for me personaly, would even prefer using Workbench 1.2 off floppy disks again than Gnome in this state!

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RE[7]: Sigh...
by Mystilleef on Thu 7th Apr 2011 09:56 in reply to "RE[6]: Sigh..."
Mystilleef Member since:
2005-06-29

Your misinformed. Multitasking is well and alive in GNOME 3. After all, it runs on Linux.

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RE[6]: Sigh...
by orestes on Thu 7th Apr 2011 12:48 in reply to "RE[5]: Sigh..."
orestes Member since:
2005-07-06

That's a rather pretentious assumption for any designer to force on the userbase.

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RE[6]: Sigh...
by pepa on Thu 7th Apr 2011 15:57 in reply to "RE[5]: Sigh..."
pepa Member since:
2005-07-08

Exactly because we are so bad at multitasking, it will be helpful to have a list of things that you're working on available for viewing at all times. I have read that gnome-panel will keep being available in Gnome 3 (?) which provides exactly that.

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RE[7]: Sigh...
by Mystilleef on Thu 7th Apr 2011 16:10 in reply to "RE[6]: Sigh..."
Mystilleef Member since:
2005-06-29

A list of running applications are available for viewing at all times in GNOME 3. The only difference is that in GNOME 3 the list of applications are __not__ competing for your attention and focus. Nobody cares what applications are running in the background when they have __work__ to do.

The GNOME panels are only available in fallback mode in GNOME 3.

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