Linked by Antonio Ospite on Fri 21st Oct 2011 23:35 UTC
Gnome Antonio Ospite explores Gnome 3 in fall-back mode and tries to make it look and behave more like Gnome 2.32 again. This summer Linus Torvalds made it to the news for complaining about the gnome-shell design; Gnome fall-back mode is the solution for those like Linus who can't - or better, do not want to - use gnome-shell just yet.
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RE[2]: Sympathy for the devs(?)
by dnebdal on Mon 24th Oct 2011 13:01 UTC in reply to "RE: Sympathy for the devs(?)"
dnebdal
Member since:
2008-08-27

I concur ...

I immensely despise Gnome 3 and Ubuntu's Unity ..... But hey, they're developing it and for "some" insane reason believe a Kiosk/Tablet/phone interface belongs on the desktop ...... Myself I "may" move over to XFCE but currently for the last couple of months have revisited KDE. Not bad, I do miss a few things with Gnome but I have to give the KDE dev's credit. They have two versions, one Desktop and another interface for devices like Kiosks/Netbooks/phone's.


I think this is where the plasma architecture they moved to for KDE4 scores points - it's supposedly quite easy to put together alternative interfaces (over the same underlying system) with it.

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RE[3]: Sympathy for the devs(?)
by ndrw on Tue 25th Oct 2011 01:14 in reply to "RE[2]: Sympathy for the devs(?)"
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2009-06-30

Arguably, Gnome Shell is (or could be) as extensible as Plasma, if not more. All the technical bits and pieces are there (JavaScript, development console, online repo: http://live.gnome.org/GnomeShell/Extensions). It's just the process, design targets and the defaults that are missing the reality. Compare it to Firefox - all the customizations are fine and dandy but no one would touch them if the basic product wasn't actually solving real world issues.

I used to despise KDE4 for doing the same Gnome Shell is doing now (essentially adding complexity to the interaction while removing actual functionality - all for making the desktop look better) but I have to admit they didn't go nearly as far in this process as Gnome Shell did. In fact, within an hour of fiddling with options and without installing any add-ons, I could make KDE4 as usable as KDE3 or XFCE. I'm still using XFCE as it is more stable and lighter on resources but I could use my custom KDE4.

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