Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th Jul 2012 12:41 UTC
Gnome Honest question. Do you think the GNOME project is as healthy today as it was, say, 4 years ago? Benjamin Otte explains that no, it isn't. GNOME lacks developers, goals, mindshare and users. The situation as he describes it, is a lot more dire than I personally thought.
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Works for me.
by Frederik on Sun 29th Jul 2012 07:52 UTC
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To offset the row of bashing, I tought I'd leave a small account of my experiences with GNOME-Shell.

I have been using GNOME-Shell (on Ubuntu 12.04) for several months now, privately and at work. Some colleagues at work have been using it for a few months as well, and so far there hasn't been any serious critizism.

The only extensions I installed was the user theme extension and the contacts extension. And I installed the tweak tool. Most of my colleagues have done the same, some didn't mind the default theme and didn't install the user theme extension. I never really used panel applets that much in GNOME 2, so I'm not upset about the "non-configurability" of the top bar.

My first few impressions of GNOME-Shell were less than stellar, I couldn't run it on my desktop and laptop due to kernel/driver issues. At the time there were either missing features in the Intel graphics driver or horrible power management to choose from. These problems were totally unrelated to GNOME-Shell, and were eventually fixed in the kernel/driver. After that, I used GNOME-Shell full time.

GNOME 2 started with putting rarely used, "expert" configuration options into gconf without providing a UI for them. So I wasn't surprised when GNOME-Shell continued this, and the tweak tool unearths those most useful to me. There were some issues with configuring keyboard shortcuts and a few other window management behaviors, these seem to be caused by Ubuntu however (editing parts of GNOME 3 to use gconf instead of gsettings/dbus). A bit of googleing resolved these issues, and while I found this really annoying, I'm not dooming the whole project out of my own experience.

Because over the last months I have not only become acustomed to the search functionality, I have come to rely on it. I hardly ever use my mouse, since most of the day I'm either writing code, documentation or emails. Starting and switching to some other application is incredible, I can start or switch to any application using the Win-key and typing at most three letters; using the search is so fast, I don't even use the favorites dock.

The new Alt-Tab behavior took some time getting used to, but now I find it really helpful when I try to find the one Skype window, or the one Terminal window I'm looking for. But I'm actually using the overview even more often than Alt-Tab. Another thing I had to get used to, but now find much more useful, is the automatic workspace management.

I'm also fond of the animations, they're really smooth, non-distractive. I had some lockups here and there, there used to be the occasional load spike were the GNOME-Shell process was using 100% CPU. However, this seems to have been fixed in the recent updates. I could never find any apparent reason for this, but I'm glad it's gone. GNOME-Shell runs very smooth and stable all through my work day and it's only when I'm trying out some extensions, that I start seeing some instability.

So, my experience is overall positive. It doesn't distract me and all important window/application/workspace management is only a few key strokes (or mouse throws/clicks) away. Either GNOME-Shell really fits my workflow, or its workflow really works well for me. Most problems I had were unrelated to GNOME-Shell or fixed in the next releases. I'm glad the project tried something new and broke with it's previous conservative, iterative approach.

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RE: Works for me.
by WakaJawaka on Sun 29th Jul 2012 08:08 in reply to "Works for me."
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> To offset the row of bashing ...

... and to those who mechanically denounce any criticism of their favorite desktop environment as "bashing", make your own point, if you have any, but stop attacking the critics. Criticism based on a sober assessment is not "bashing".

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