Linked by David Adams on Wed 3rd Aug 2011 16:10 UTC, submitted by Sin2x
Gnome Linus Torvalds piped up in the comments of a Google+ posting by Linux kernel hacker Dave Jones to air his true feelings about Gnome 3: "it's not that I have rendering problems with gnome3 (although I do have those too), it's that the user experience of Gnome3 even without rendering problems is unacceptable." People care what Linus thinks, and when he ditched KDE for Gnome a couple of years ago, people took note. Now he's using Xfce.
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RE[3]: I've Switched
by Spiron on Wed 3rd Aug 2011 19:52 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: I've Switched"
Spiron
Member since:
2011-03-08

It may not be that your hardware doesn't support it, just that you don't have the right drivers. I own an Acer laptop that has a Nvidia 330m chip in it and if i want to install ANY 3d-compositing environment, (gnome3, unity or otherwise) i have to download the correct drivers from Nvidia's website. I use Arch as my main system and this works fairly well.

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RE[4]: I've Switched
by Morgan on Thu 4th Aug 2011 10:35 in reply to "RE[3]: I've Switched"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

On the laptop with the Nvidia chip, I've used both Nouveau and the binary-only Nvidia supplied drivers. With Nouveau I get the "not supported" message with Gnome3, and with the binary driver it tries to load the new interface but locks up. Either way I have to do the "gnome-fallback" method. On KDE it loads the desktop fine with either driver, but it's just a slow and choppy interface.

On the desktop it's Intel graphics, for which there are only the open source drivers and Gnome3 is still not supported beyond fallback. On KDE it locks up and sometimes kernel panics before the interface loads. I think that's a KMS thing though; I'm going to try a suggestion I found online when I get back home. Though, I suspect if my Nvidia-based laptop is slow with KDE the desktop may be even worse.

I do appreciate the help, but I've been using GNU/Linux as well as BSD in various incarnations for about 12 years now, on just about any hardware imaginable (including ARM and PPC) so I have a thorough understanding of driver issues. ;)

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RE[5]: I've Switched
by bakterie on Fri 5th Aug 2011 09:53 in reply to "RE[4]: I've Switched"
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2011-08-05

On the desktop it's Intel graphics, for which there are only the open source drivers and Gnome3 is still not supported beyond fallback. On KDE it locks up and sometimes kernel panics before the interface loads. I think that's a KMS thing though; I'm going to try a suggestion I found online when I get back home.


I'm having the same issue with intel and KMS. My "solution" has been to stay on kernel 2.6.31, which is rock solid. If you have found another solution, please share it so I can try it as well.

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