Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 30th Mar 2012 22:16 UTC, submitted by fran
Gnome "GNOME 3.4 introduces a range of new features. A new document search facility allows quick access to content stored both on your device and online. Smooth scrolling means that moving through content is slick and graceful. New application menus, which are located on the top bar, provide a useful way to access application options and actions." And a lot more.
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RE: clue?
by Soulbender on Sat 31st Mar 2012 04:08 UTC in reply to "clue?"
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I mean they've lost, what, 99% of their userbase in a year?? (no idea but at least 90%).

What are your basis for these numbers? Just because you made a number up doesn't make it a fact.

How does this not throw them into a panic and total firefighting mode?

I would guess because they haven't lost nearly as many users as you think.

(Note, I don't use gnome3)

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RE[2]: clue?
by pooo on Sat 31st Mar 2012 05:58 in reply to "RE: clue?"
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Where do you make up your numbers from? I was pretty clear my estimate was a guess.

How many end users do you estimate they've lost?

50%? 40%?

Anything about 25% should make them rethink which they clearly are not doing.

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RE[2]: clue?
by Rehdon on Sat 31st Mar 2012 08:01 in reply to "RE: clue?"
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All the Gnome 2.x using people I know, me included, have jumped ship: sadly some of them have gone back to Windows, nobody is using Unity either.

So, as far my little anecdotical evidence goes, it's more 100% than 80% or 90%. Of course it is nearly impossible to have more precise figures, and in all fairness there are people who seem very happy with Gnome Shell / Unity. But I remember the Gnome 1.x > 2.x controversy and this looks much more serious both in numbers and wrt the issues at stake (it's not simply a matter of lost features and/or regressions, it's the new UI paradigm that has driven many people away).

Today I still follow Gnome development as that's the foundation of Cinnamon, but that's it.


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RE[3]: clue?
by dylansmrjones on Sat 31st Mar 2012 08:10 in reply to "RE[2]: clue?"
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Hmm.. I'm still at gnome-2.32 using gentoo and all. XFCE, LXDE, razor-qt or possibly KDE4 will be the next desktop - if I don't switch fully to GNUStep/Windowmaker.

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RE[3]: clue?
by Neolander on Sat 31st Mar 2012 10:06 in reply to "RE[2]: clue?"
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Not just the UI paradigm, I think, but also some technical decisions that just do not make sense on a desktop computer running Linux, such as mandatory GPU compositing, hiding the power off button (though thankfully it seems they have brought it back recently), huge icons in a mouse-driven interface, half-assed window management facilities...

It seems that when designing Gnome 3, the Gnome team took much care into producing a high-quality interface for tablet computers, without much consideration to desktop user experience. What they apparently forgot, however, was that almost no one uses Linux on a tablet.

Edited 2012-03-31 10:07 UTC

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RE[3]: clue?
by Jason Bourne on Sat 31st Mar 2012 15:20 in reply to "RE[2]: clue?"
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People keep speaking about this GNOME 1.x to 2.x controversy. In my opinion, it was not anything like this now. I remember very well. The paradigm was the same, menus and sub-menus. They just had rearranged the menus and used two panels. Now this is an entire different paradigm. Not true when comparing to that transition in 2001.

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RE[3]: clue?
by openwookie on Mon 2nd Apr 2012 06:38 in reply to "RE[2]: clue?"
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I'm using Unity :p

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