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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GNOME 3
by Jason Bourne on Wed 6th Apr 2011 23:18 UTC
Jason Bourne
Member since:
2007-06-02

I give 1 year for the developers to take their words & design layout back and revert the good old panels again by continuing to developing the "fallback" mode and abandoning the Shell, using all the 3.x engine technologies.

GNOME 2.x had been consistent through a decade, being adopted by major distributions and its evolutionary cycle guaranteed many Windows converters. It's just now that, in effort with Canonical and GNOME, the linux community will spit out many many users. If Shell and Unity persists, we'll be facing many defections.

Now that grandmama just learned how to use GNOME and hated Windows XP, it will be a military operation to get her to use GNOME Shell or even Unity. No, no, and no.

In the meantime, we have a couple of interesing scenarios:

- Linux Mint will top over Distrowatch.com and long first timer Ubuntu will have to be content with a second position. Actually I see that happening... for days now the Mint statistics are always +10 a day against +4 Ubuntu's average ups and downs.

- XFCE being adopted as a major main desktop interface on Linux, after some major polish to look like GNOME. Better themes and wallpapers comes to mind now. (Yes, I hate that silly rat.)

- KDE may slashback its way to the mainstream, after the 4.x series fiasco. Of course, if they strive to integrate GTK applications perfectly out-of-the-box, Compiz and revamp their menus and cut down the too-many preferences. Of course if someone doesn't BLOW UP the whole thing again...

I for one will keep Fedora 14/GNOME 2.xx for undetermined time, for now...

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RE: GNOME 3
by grat on Thu 7th Apr 2011 00:58 in reply to "GNOME 3"
grat Member since:
2006-02-02

- KDE may slashback its way to the mainstream, after the 4.x series fiasco. Of course, if they strive to integrate GTK applications perfectly out-of-the-box, Compiz and revamp their menus and cut down the too-many preferences. Of course if someone doesn't BLOW UP the whole thing again...


You think KDE has too many preferences?

*falls over laughing*

*realizes you're serious*

*starts drinking heavily while muttering about broken cup holders*

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RE: GNOME 3
by kiddo on Thu 7th Apr 2011 04:55 in reply to "GNOME 3"
kiddo Member since:
2005-07-23

The youth is decadent, we will face massive defections, the world will come to an end, kittens will die, etc. I wouldn't worry so much.

Keep this in mind folks: many Linux users are just happy/content with the new design and quietly use it instead of posting on osnews/slashdot.

Also, the demographics of Linux users is changing. It's not just hardcore people running fluxbox or some obscure combination of software "because it has been like this since 1995 and it should stay that way!" or because "I need it to run on 64 MB of ram and no 3D acceleration!" anymore...

What we're seeing here is pretty much an echo chamber for negative reactions to disruptive change.

Also: GNOME Shell hasn't yet revealed its true potential. It is made to be extensible. Imagine when people start writing gadgets and extensions for it... just give it some time.

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