Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 27th Nov 2011 22:07 UTC, submitted by Nooone
Linux So, it's no secret that the Linux desktop - at least, the GNOME-side of things - is a bit in a state of disarray. Unity hasn't exactly gone down well with a lot of people, and GNOME 3, too, hasn't been met with universal praise. So, what to do? Linux Mint, currently one of the most popular Linux distributions out there, thinks they are on to the solution with their latest release, Linux Mint 12.
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I really like Gnome 3
by Neil on Mon 28th Nov 2011 20:21 UTC
Neil
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2011-11-28

Am I in a minority, or are many more people generally happy with it, and just not making a fuss?

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RE: I really like Gnome 3
by Delgarde on Mon 28th Nov 2011 20:54 in reply to "I really like Gnome 3"
Delgarde Member since:
2008-08-19

Am I in a minority, or are many more people generally happy with it, and just not making a fuss?


You're not alone, but I've no idea what the numbers are like. Certainly, there's more noise from the unhappy people, but that's normal - happy people don't spend all their time complaining.

We could be a minority, or we could be an overwhelming majority - it's impossible to tell if all you're going by is people making noise on the internet...

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RE: I really like Gnome 3
by Alfman on Mon 28th Nov 2011 21:49 in reply to "I really like Gnome 3"
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2011-01-28

Neil,

"Am I in a minority, or are many more people generally happy with it, and just not making a fuss?"

Whether gnome3 is usable or not depends on personal taste and workflow. I am glad that you are happy with gnome 3, but even so, a lot of functionality was unnecessarily lost...functionality which was not difficult or even necessary to use under gnome 2. For many of us, this makes gnome 3 considerably less evolved than gnome 2.

The last thing I want is for the gnome desktop to be forked and exist as multiple projects as is happening, I would far prefer gnome 3 be improved by incorporating the lost features. However why are the gnome developers so adamant that we shouldn't even have a choice with gnome 3?


Mint's success has been driven by those dissatisfied with Ubuntu's disregard for user opinion. While the exact reasons for users shifting from ubuntu are open to speculation, I speculate the DE has a lot to do with it. The distrowatch stats have shown Mint rapidly overtake Ubuntu's #1 spot, and that speaks volumes.

http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=popularity

Note: "The DistroWatch Page Hit Ranking statistics are a light-hearted way of measuring the popularity of Linux distributions and other free operating systems among the visitors of this website. They correlate neither to usage nor to quality and should not be used to measure the market share of distributions."

Edited 2011-11-28 21:53 UTC

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RE[2]: I really like Gnome 3
by makkus on Tue 29th Nov 2011 06:41 in reply to "RE: I really like Gnome 3"
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2006-01-11

I don't know i we are a minority. But I also really like Gnome 3. I'm using Linux and Gnome since 1999 (1.0 then), when I was searching for a OS to replace our SUN workstations and servers at work. I use Gnome as a desktop at work and home. My laptop uses Fedora 16 and Gnome 3 since Fedora 15 was released.

I used all Gnome desktops till now, from 1.0 to 1.4 and from 2.0 to 2.24. I have seen the hate when Gnome switched to 2.0 and fine tuned it on the way, when smooth fonts, HAL and several other new thingies, like gconf, Nautilus, Evolution were introduced. The infighting is something that goes along with Gnome.

When I use one of our workstations at work which run Scientific Linux and Gnome 2 I have the feeling I step back in time. I'm productive and at home in both, but I more pleased with Gnome 3.

I have to admit I installed Cairo-dock on it. But I used this also in Gnome 2 (removing the bottom panel) and nobody forbids you to install extra things to your liking. My Gnome 2 desktop was enhanced with a few Compiz tricks to make it more functional and pleasing, things I don't install on the scientific workstations, which are workhorses which use opengl a lot and have to be clean and stable, But I don't miss those Compiz things in my new setup on my laptop.

Edited 2011-11-29 06:58 UTC

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